People in the U.S. regularly have a dim view of Congress, but a new public opinion poll by the Associates Press indicates only 5% of Americans have a positive view of Congress.
“The point of the poll was generally to gauge Americans’ reaction to the shutdown, which was already several days old when the polling began. What the AP found echoes what most other pollsters have found: People blame Republicans,” writes Phillip Bump for The Atlantic.
A deeper look at the poll:
- 68 percent consider the shutdown to be a “major problem.”
- Democrats get slightly better ratings on how they’re dealing with the budget than Republicans, but both get terrible marks.
- 52 percent of respondents said President Obama should cooperate more with Republicans on the shutdown, while 63 percent thought Republicans needed to cooperate more with Obama.
- But only 15 percent of Tea Party Republicans think Republicans should cooperate with Obama — a group that comprises 40 percent of the party overall.
Today’s Question: What would it take for you to improve your view of Congress?