Congress overall, meanwhile, is laboring under just a 27 percent approval rating; it's received less than 30 percent approval continuously since July 2008, its longest run that low in polling data since 1974.C'mon, admit it: 27% is pretty damn good for a Congress that under Democrat control was polling in the teens. Things won't change overnight, but the Republicans have got to show leadership, not just talk about it. Once again, notice that those historic lows go back to when Carter was president. I don't recall articles saying the Democrat Congress was laboring under its 16% approval when Nancy was in charge.
For their part the Republicans, as noted, are seen as having a stronger leadership role in Washington, at 46 percent to Obama's 39 percent.
I went to the supporting poll data for this report and (snicker, snicker) found out that the numbers on Congressional approval for the year 2009 were completely missing. It may surprise you to discover that apparently we had no Congress from July 13 2008 to March 26, 2010.
There are still substantial negatives for the president. In addition to his 55 percent disapproval on the economy and the deficit, just 28 percent of Americans say they think the economic stimulus package actually helped the economy, the fewest to say so since June 2009. It's a central and sharp criticism of a president elected above all to turn the economy around.Really? They think Obama was elected to turn the economy around? He was and always will be the American Idol of politics. He was elected for giving good speeches and tapping into a vein of white guilt.
The link to the poll is contained in the article but in case you want to look, here you go.