Lowest number since Gallup began asking for approval ratings 39 years ago
The government shutdown continues to affect public opinion, as the most recent Gallup poll has congressional approval at an all-time low of just 9 percent.
The results, released Wednesday, were the lowest approval rating since Gallup began asking the question 39 years ago, and puts the approval rating for the year of 2013 on track to be the lowest ever at 14 percent. In 2012, the average approval was 15 percent.
The previous low, 10 percent, was hit twice in 2012. According to Gallup, the top reason given by the 1,039 respondents for their dissatisfaction with the House of Representatives was its inability to get anything done and inter-party bickering.
The results track closely with an Oct. 30 poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, which had both President Obama and the GOP hitting all-time low approval ratings.
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