Congressional Approval Up 70% Since February! That's Up From 10% To 17%

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With its abysmal partisan gridlock, it's approval actually went up? The only thing Congress has accomplished of note is the size of the campaign contributions. Oh's another classic example of how you can present the same public opinion numbers two very different ways: the latest Gallup report on Congress' approval rating shows approbation for the solons standing at 17%, or about half the average congressional approval rating since 1974. On the other hand, that's a 70% increase in congressional approval ratings since February, when they hit a historic 10%.

Part of the problem, it seems, is that with neither party totally controlling Congress, both Republicans and Democrats are free to loathe the legislative branch. Independents almost always do anyway, unless conditions in the country are unusually peachy for an extended period of time. So the numbers are not...

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