Congress’ ‘unimaginably low’ approval rating

As regular readers may know, I place very little stock in Rasmussen polls, but given yesterday’s discussion about whether we’re seeing the worst Congress in American history, I found this amusing.

A new Rasmussen report of likely voters has Congress’ approval rating (people believing they are doing an “excellent” or “good” job) at an unimaginably low 5%, with 68% of those responding thinking that Congress is doing a “poor” job. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee went on Fox and Friends Monday morning, and noted that it places Congress, “just barely above a pedophile.”

It also reminded me of this chart that made the rounds once Congress’ approval rating slipped to single digits several months ago.

It’s certainly understandable that voters were frustrated going into the 2010 midterms, and hoped conditions would improve just as soon as they elected dozens of unhinged, right-wing Republican lawmakers. But since that time, every major pollster has seen Congress’ approval rating drop to levels unseen since the dawn of modern polling.

It’s a case of buyers’ remorse on a rather grand scale.