Seven-in-ten Americans are dissatisfied with Congress.

The approval rating for U.S. President Barack Obama dropped this month, and half of Americans disapprove of his performance, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample of 1,007 American adults, 43 per cent of respondents (-2 since July) approve of Obama’s performance, while 51 per cent (+5) disapprove.

The level of strong approval for the U.S. President (14%, +2) continues to trail the level of strong disapproval by double digits (34%, +6).

Four-in-five Republicans (84%, +2) are dissatisfied with Obama, while three-in-four Democrats (74%, -4) are content with the American president.

Three-in-five Independents (62%, +9) disapprove of Obama’s performance, while just one third approve of it (34%, -4).

The approval rating for the U.S. Congress stands at 22 per cent this month (-1), while 70 per cent of respondents disapprove of its actions (+6).

The level of strong approval for federal lawmakers is four per cent (=), while two-in-five Americans (41%, +6) are strongly dissatisfied.

This month, Congress garnered a slightly lower level of support across political lines. Two-in-five Democrats (38%, -4) provide a positive assessment of the legislative branch, along with 13 per cent of Independents (-3) and 10 per cent of Republicans (-2).


After a brief recovery in July, Obama’s disapproval rating has fallen beyond the 50 per cent mark. With the congressional election less than three months away, the biggest problem for the president is the way he is connecting with Independents, who are now dissatisfied with his performance by a 2-to-1 margin.

The numbers for Congress are relatively steady, but seven-in-ten Americans are dissatisfied with the way the federal lawmakers are handling their duties. The anti-incumbent feeling may prove to be a challenge in the Midwest and the South, where at least two-in-five respondents strongly disapprove of Congress.

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Mario Canseco, Vice President, Communications & Media Relations
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Methodology: From August 27 to August 29, 2010, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 1,007 American adults who are Springboard America panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.1%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of the United States. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.