Public approval rating for Congress hits record low 7%

Just when you thought it couldn’t go any lower, the approval rating for Congress among Americans has hit an all time low, according to a new Gallup poll.

The number of Americans who now have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in Congress as an institution stands at a paltry 7 percent.

Just 4 percent have a “great deal” of confidence, while only 3 percent say they have “quite a lot” of confidence.

The figure marks a three percent drop on last year from 10 percent, and is a historic low point.

Gallup has charted the demise in confidence Americans have in their elected representatives since 1973 when the approval figure stood at 42 percent. since that time there has been a steady downward lurch.

“Americans’ current confidence in Congress is not only the lowest on record, but also the lowest Gallup has recorded for any institution in the 41-year trend.” the pollster reports.

“This is also the first time Gallup has ever measured confidence in a major U.S. institution in the single digits.” the Gallup report continues.

Confidence in congress

Only around a third of Americans say they have “some” confidence, while approximately 50 percent have “very little,” with another 7% stating that they have “none” at all.

With more government scandals than you can shake a stick at, and pending further involvement in military mire in the Middle East, Americans clearly feel that Congress is utterly failing to represent their views and wishes on Capitol Hill.

Gallup also noted that of 17 institutions it measured this year, Congress came rock bottom in terms of confidence status with Americans. The criminal justice system, the healthcare system, the police, and even banks all ranked much higher.

Confidence in the state

“The dearth of public confidence in their elected leaders on Capitol Hill is yet another sign of the challenges that could face incumbents in 2014′s midterm elections — as well as more broadly a challenge to the broad underpinnings of the nation’s representative democratic system.” Gallup concludes.

Earlier this year, a Rasmussen poll indicated that a record number of Americans believe that Congress will always find a way to make things worse, no matter how terrible the country’s prospects become.

According to the poll, a three year high of 69% believe that their elected representatives are capable of being even poorer at their jobs.

America’s elected representatives are also still viewed in a worse light than zombies, witches, dog poop, potholes, toenail fungus, and hemorrhoids. Congress also still ranks less popular than cockroaches, lice, root canals, colonoscopies, traffic jams, used car salesmen, Genghis Khan, Communism, North Korea, BP during the Gulf Oil Spill, or Nixon during Watergate.

Given that historians estimate between 15 and 20 percent of the European-American population of the colonies were Loyalists during the the American Revolution, it means that King George coveted close to three times as much support as Congress has today.

How low can Congress go?