September 8, 2014 6:18 pm -

It’s one of the lowest measurements ever for congressional ratings before a midterm election by Gallup.


Most observers believe the Republicans are in little jeopardy of losing control of the House this year, so more of the focus has been on the states with Senate races. Given the idiosyncratic nature of the particular senators and states that have Senate seats up for election this year, the impact of the negative attitudes about Congress in general on specific Senate races is difficult to predict.

Still, when asked directly, two-thirds of those who disapprove of Congress say this makes them more likely to vote in the congressional elections; only 11% say it makes them less likely to vote in the elections. Taken at face value, these responses suggest that the historic disapproval ratings in a midterm year may bring more voters to the polls. There is little difference in these responses by partisan identification.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

16 responses to Congressional Approval At 14%

  1. Linda1961 September 8th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Doesn’t higher turnout for elections favor Democrats?

    • Suzanne McFly September 8th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      Yes it does, but we have to make sure we get as many as we can to the polls. They need to show why it is important for everyone to vote in the midterm election.

    • mea_mark September 8th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Undecided voters are also more likely to vote democratic also. Turning out the vote is very critical to the democrats if they want to to have any chance of winning the house. It can be done if the push is great enough, we just have to let people feel they are actually in control and that it is not the oligarchy. Elections can be bought but they can also be taken away by the people when the numbers are there. Voting is critical.

  2. fancypants September 8th, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I wonder why ?

  3. NW10 September 8th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I’m doing my best to get rid of my GOP Congressman in Colorado’s Fifth. I believe Teabagger Lamborn might’ve stuck a fork in himself when he flat out refused to debate Democrat Irv Halter, and Halter is not backing down. We might end up having our first Democratic rep since the Fifth District was drawn up. Also looks like Udall is finally starting to get traction against Teabagger Gardner.

  4. NW10 September 8th, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Nuff said!

  5. tiredoftea September 8th, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Another indicator for our Congress to ignore.

  6. juicyfruityyy September 8th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    i thought it was lower than this.

  7. Obewon September 8th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Ebola virus and STD’s more popular than Boehner’s least productive congress in US History!

  8. Skydog2 September 8th, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Despite the low approval ratings, incumbents from both parties continue to get re-elected.

    • tiredoftea September 8th, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      Strangely, most voters like their own Congress critter.

      • Budda September 9th, 2014 at 8:19 am

        That’s because of gerrymandered districts.

  9. Jaz September 8th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    While this site is being inundated with the latest gun shootings of the day, all of you are missing a much bigger picture. Concentrate on overturning Citizens United. You may get there sooner, than never.

    • Skydog2 September 8th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      The SCOTUS ruled on the matter, time to move on.

      • Jaz September 8th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

        Not so fast…better read on.

  10. mmaynard119 September 8th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Are any of the 14% allowed to breed?