Congress' job approval rating has dropped five percentage points over the past month, from 19% in June to 14% in July, making the current reading the lowest congressional job approval rating in the 34-year Gallup Poll history of asking the question. The previous low was 18%, last reached in May.
When has Congress ever been popular? Why, then, do incumbents have such huge advantages in keeping their jobs? Perhaps it's because of the feeling that my Congressman is a great guy--YOUR Congressman is a perverted fiend who wants to sell out America!
[Note-there's an issue with graphics in blogger. This image has disappeared and reappeared, based on some bug I haven't been able to figure out. Go here if you want to look at the stats.]
Congress sure was unpopular when the economy was in the toilet--as in, 1979, 1982 and 1991. The only time Congress was popular was when the country had just been attacked on 9/11. The rest of the time, people have the same basic who-gives-a-shit? attitude.
Talk about a non-story.