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Only 25% of Americans Approve of Current Congress

Angus Reid Poll Indicates 25% of Americans Approve

(Angus Reid Global Scan) – Few adults in the United States are satisfied with the performance of the House of Representatives and the Senate, according to a poll by Harris Interactive. Only 25 per cent of respondents have a positive opinion of the current Congress, unchanged since January.

In the November 2004 congressional ballot, the Republican Party elected 232 lawmakers to the House of Representatives, while the Democratic Party secured 202 seats. The Republicans also have a majority in the Senate, with 55 members in the 100-seat upper house.

In his Jan. 31 State of the Union address, U.S. president George W. Bush declared, “Keeping America competitive requires affordable energy. And here we have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world. The best way to break this addiction is through technology. Since 2001, we have spent nearly $10 billion to develop cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable alternative energy sources—and we are on the threshold of incredible advances.”

Earlier this month, Republican New Mexico senator Pete Domenici and Democratic New Mexico senator Jeff Bingaman—both members of the Senate Energy Committee—proposed a bill that would open 3 million acres off the Florida coast for oil exploration. A federal moratorium on all new off-shore drilling—established in 1981—will expire in 2012.

American voters will renew the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate on Nov. 7.

Polling Data

How would you rate the job the Congress is doing—excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?

                    Feb. 2006                   Jan. 2006

Positive             25%                          25%

Negative            71%                         72%

Source: Harris Interactive
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,002 American adults, conducted from Feb. 3 to Feb. 7, 2006. Margin of error is 3 per cent.