Gallup: Confidence in Congress at an all-time low

Posted by: ST on June 21, 2007 at 8:23 am

Via USA Today:

Just 14% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress.

This 14% Congressional confidence rating is the all-time low for this measure, which Gallup initiated in 1973. The previous low point for Congress was 18% at several points in the period of time 1991 to 1994.

Congress is now nestled at the bottom of the list of Gallup’s annual Confidence in Institutions rankings, along with HMOs. Just 15% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in HMOs.

LOL … that’s a comparison that’s gotta make Congress feel really good right now – not.


(By way of contrast, 69% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in the military, which tops the list. More on this at on Thursday).

No surprise there that more average Joe Americans have confidence in our military than Democrats in Congress.

In any event, with Republicans being frustrated with their own party and the Nutroots left being equally frustrated with theirs, think maybe the next few years will see a change in representation? With so many so-called ‘safe districts’ across the country, I think it’s highly doubtful.

Related: Is there a correlation between Congress’ low ratings and the immigration bill? Looks like it, which begs the question: Should our politicians govern by polls? Conservatives usually talk about how politicians shouldn’t do that, but I see a lot of posting about polls as it relates to like or dislike of the immigration bill, as if to say “Take a look at what we want, Congress.”

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6 Responses to “Gallup: Confidence in Congress at an all-time low”


  1. steveegg says:

    And Gallup does have more – they’re live with their analysis. The only two institutions mentioned last year that didn’t fall were big business and HMOs.

    I ran with it a bit back at my site (just mash my name above; I don’t want to trigger the moderation :) )

  2. steveegg says:

    Well, make that “ran a marathon” :d

    I decided to fold and spindle the numbers, and most of the categories hit new lows in confidence. If it weren’t for the military, we would be a morose bunch.

  3. Tango says:

    Governing by polling data is an extremely poor substitute for real LEADERSHIP. :-w

  4. NC Cop says:


    That seems a bit high if you ask me. :d