The 113th Congress began with a job approval rating dipped to 14 percent, according to a Gallup poll taken after President Barack Obama and lawmakers agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts for most Americans and postponed decisions on spending.
The approval rating was 18 percent in November and December, up from the record low of 10 percent recorded in August 2012. Congress’ approval rating averaged 15 percent last year, the lowest since Gallup began asking that question 38 years ago.
An automated poll by a Democratic-leaning firm, Public Policy Polling, found the historically unproductive 112th Congress less popular than some odious insects, including head lice and cockroaches. Other things more popular than Congress, according to the survey, included root canals, Genghis Khan, used-car salesmen and Brussels sprouts. Congress, however, beat out telemarketers, North Korea and the Ebola virus in that survey.
The Gallup poll of 1,011 adults was taken Jan. 7-10 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.