Congress Can Boost Approval Rating by Growing the Economy

NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- President Obama isn't the only one facing criticism and bad reviews. Ratings for Congress, both political parties and Congressional leaders are low. Some 58% of U.S. adults give Congress a rating of poor, according to a recent Gallup poll.

“The approval rating for Congress as a whole has witnessed a sustained drop over the past few decades,” said Jamie McKown, who holds the James Russell Wiggins chair of Government and Policy at the College of the Atlantic in Maine.

About 89% of those polled rated the economy as an extremely important issue for Congress to handle, 73% cited Social Security and medical care, 57% chose the distribution of income and wealth and 62% mentioned taxes.

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