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Approval of Congress Skyrockets to 13 Percent

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Peter Scheer grew up in the newspaper business, spending family vacations with his mother at newspaper editors' conferences, enjoying daycare in editorial departments and begrudgingly reviewing his father's…
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Thirteen percent of adults approve of the job Congress is doing, according to Gallup, but things could be worse.

In November, lawmakers scored an all-time low of 9 percent (Gallup has been tracking congressional job approval since 1974).

According to the pollsters, “Congressional approval has rarely been 20% or higher in the last three years.”

With numbers like that, it’s a wonder voters don’t fire their representatives. Ah, but that’s a different matter. Polls tend to show that voters like their members of Congress just fine — it’s yours they can’t stand.

It’s a tribute to gerrymandering — and an advertisement for term limits.

— Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

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