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August 04, 2011


Congressional Disapproval at Historic Highs

A new New York Times/CBS News poll finds a record 82% of Americans now disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job -- the most since the question was first asked in 1977, and even more than after another political stalemate led to a shutdown of the federal government in 1995.

Overall, 72% disapproved of the way Republicans in Congress handled the negotiations, while 66% disapproved of the way Democrats in Congress handled negotiations. The public was more evenly divided about how President Obama handled the debt ceiling negotiations: 47% disapproved and 46% approved.

Also interesting: The Tea Party is now viewed unfavorably by 40% of the public and favorably by just 20%.












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