Congressional approval sinks to even lower all-time level

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A new Gallup Poll finds a record-low 10% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, down from the previous low of 11% set in December 2011.

“It is difficult to pinpoint any specific recent actions that may have led to the continuing deterioration in Congress’ image, particularly because much of the political attention in January and early February has focused on the Republican presidential race. Congress at this point is again wrangling over the extension of the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits — both of which were temporarily extended late last year in a short-term fix that expires at the end of February. It is notable that President Obama has continued to make criticism of Congress a part of his broad presidential re-election strategy.”

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