Gallup: Congress's approval at new low

Congress’s approval rating hit an all-time low Tuesday in Gallup polling, dropping to 9 percent.

While the number has dropped only 1 percent since Gallup’s October poll, it is the lowest level recorded in the organization’s 39 years. 

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Republicans, Democrats and independents hold nearly the same amount of contempt for the legislative branch. Democrats give congress a 10-percent approval rating, while 9 percent of Republicans and 8 percent of independents feel the same. 

The near alignment of all parties is a contrast from last month. In October, Congress’s 10 percent approval rating was dragged down by Democrats. Only 5 percent of Democrats approved of Congress last month, which was dominated by the government shutdown that Obama blamed on the GOP. Approval among Republicans and independents hung in the mid-teens. 

Congress reached its former nadir in 2012, when twice Gallup found only 10 percent approval. 

A battery of polling has shown Congress’s approval rating reaching new lows since the government shutdown last month. 

Two months ago, 19 percent of people approved of Congress, according to Gallup. Its average approval rating for the year now stands at 14 percent. 

President Obama’s approval rating has also been dragged down by the implementation of ObamaCare. Gallup recorded his approval rating at 39 percent last week. It has since inched up to 40 percent. 

Gallup polled 1,039 national adults, and the survey contains a 4-percent margin of error.