Americans furious at Congress

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) is surrounded by reporters after the House voted to raise the debt ceiling at the U.S. Capitol on August 1, 2011 in Washington, DC (Win McNamee / Getty Images / AFP Photo)
If you’re not too keen on the current state of the US Congress, you are far from alone.

A poll released today by CNN reveals that 84 percent of Americans disapprove with the way Congress is handling its job. The research, obtained by nearly 900 Americans, reveals that satisfaction with the US Congress is at the lowest it has been in the 40 years since the start of Gallup polling. Additionally, it is the first time that approval dropped below 20 percent since 1992.

The research, conducted yesterday on August 1, shows an approval rating to President Barack Obama equal to the results of a poll taken during the third week of July. In both instances, 45 percent of those surveyed said they approve of the president’s job. That is the second lowest it has been since he came into office in January of 2009, however. Though the president’s approval rating was at 76 percent in February of that year, it dropped to 42 percent in the fall of ’09.

The final question on the 24 pages of info released by CNN today shows another predictable — yet hilarious — result of the survey. When asked if they felt like politicians in Washington have acted more like responsible adults or spoiled children in regards to recent debt ceiling debates, more than three-quarters of those polled said the latter.

That’s right. 77 percent of Americans believe that Washington is made up of spoiled children. When political affiliation is taken into consideration, 80 percent of Democrats polled share those sentiments.