That sinking feeling - the current Congress

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Talk about circling the drain. On May 11th, I posted this comment from an article in the Houston Chronicle:
The survey found only 35 percent approve of how Congress is handling its job, down 5 percentage points in a month. That gives lawmakers the same bleak approval rating as Bush, who has been mired at about that level since last fall, including his dip to a record low for the AP-Ipsos poll of 32 percent last January.
Then on June 20th:
New Gallup data show confidence in Congress at all time low
Just 14% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress.

This 14% Congressional confidence rating is the all-time low for this measure, which Gallup initiated in 1973. The previous low point for Congress was 18% at several points in the period of time 1991 to 1994.
Well, we can all see where this is going. From Zogby International:
Survey shows just 3% of Americans approve of how Congress is handling the war in Iraq; 24% say the same for the President.
And a bit more:
Just 24% give the president favorable ratings of his performance in handling the war in Iraq, but confidence in Congress is significantly worse � only 3% give Congress positive marks for how it has handled the war. This lack of confidence in Congress cuts across all ideologies. Democrats � some of whom had hoped the now Democrat-led Congress would bring an end to the war in Iraq � expressed overwhelming displeasure with how Congress has handled the war, with 94% giving Congress a negative rating in its handling specifically of that issue.
Granted, this is a much narrower scope than the "overall satisfaction" of the previous two polls but the numbers are still damning. Looking forward to the next election...

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