Public approval of Congress is very important as Congress, under the structure of the American politicalsystem, faces elections every two years. In Congress, all House members are up for election every two years and one-third of all Senators – therefore, all members of Congress have to be very aware of what the public thinks of them and the performance they are perceived to be making.

Do you approve or disapprove of the way the US Congress has been handling its job?

198019902000

Change (+ or – over 20 years)

Approve34%36%52% +18%
Disapprove48%55%33% – 15%
Do not know18%9%15% – 3%

 

Percentage of people who approve of the way Congress is doing its job:

198019902000Change (+ or – over 20 years)
Males333453 + 20%
Females353751 + 16%
Whites333352 + 19%
African American384157 + 19%
Degree educated312756 + 25%
Professionals313050 + 19%
Unskilled404448 + 8%
Housewives293252 + 23%
Union members333648 + 15%
Non-Union333653 + 20%

 

Percentage of people who disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job:

198019902000Change (+ or – over 20 years)
Males576139 – 18%
Females415029 – 12%
Whites505835 – 15%
African American314729 – 2%
Degree educated607033 – 27%
Professionals606537 – 23%
Unskilled354644 + 9%
Housewives415325 – 16%
Union members485734 – 14%
Non-Union485433 – 15%

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