Congress Looking Up: 13% Approval

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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Things are looking up for Congress.

Up from 9 percent public approval toward the end of last year, when a 16-day partial government shutdown furloughed federal workers and cost the American economy billions of dollars.

Up to 13 percent in the latest Gallup survey.

The newest rating comes from surveys conducted Jan. 5-8, as the Senate was advancing a bill to extend unemployment benefits to a million-plus Americans and leaders were working fervently toward production of a new $1.1-trillion spending plan guaranteed to avert another shutdown.

Still, 13 percent stands well below the historical average of 33 percent.

Congressional Job Approval: Recent Trend

And it makes President Barack Obama’s job approval of 40 percent look absolutely stellar. That’s down 2 points in the latest rolling average, just a notch higher than the 39-point all-term low it recently reached.

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