Congress’s average job approval rating remained close to its all-time low in 2014, according to a new poll from Gallup.

In the past year, an average 15 percent of Americans said they approved of the job that Congress was doing. A record-low 14 percent said they approved last year.

Fifteen percent of both Republicans and Democrats approved of Congress’s job performance — reflecting the divided Congress. When both the House and the Senate are controlled by a single party, approval rates tend to rise among Americans in the majority party.


Among independents, the job approval rating was 14 percent.

Americans have long held largely unfavorable views of Congress’s job performance. It’s been five years since the average approval rating was higher than 20 percent. Right before November’s midterm elections, the rate reached 20 percent for the only time in the last two years.

The most recent poll was conducted from Dec. 8 through 11 with a sample size of 805 adults. It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.