Congressional Favorability

As of 2/26/2014

23%
Date Favorable Unfavorable
2/12/1995 53 37
6/11/1995 53 42
8/20/1995 45 47
10/30/1995 42 55
1/14/1996 42 54
4/25/1996 44 50
6/9/1996 45 50
1/12/1997 55 40
2/24/1997 51 40
5/18/1997 49 42
6/22/1997 52 42
8/10/1997 50 44
9/10/1998 66 27
10/18/1998 61 34
12/13/1998 52 41
1/17/1999 48 45
2/21/1999 52 44
6/14/1999 56 39
9/9/1999 63 34
1/7/2001 65 23
6/13/2004 56 32
7/18/2005 49 40
10/24/2005 45 45
2/5/2006 44 47
1/9/2007 53 38
7/29/2007 41 51
5/25/2008 41 51
1/11/2009 39 52
4/21/2009 49 43
8/27/2009 37 52
2/9/2010 41 50
3/1/2011 34 57
8/21/2011 25 70
1/16/2012 23 69
7/9/2012 27 65
12/9/2012 27 67
1/13/2013 23 68
7/21/2013 21 70
10/13/2013 23 73
12/8/2013 27 67
2/26/2014 23 72

Just 23% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Congress, while 72% have an unfavorable view. Dissatisfaction with Congress also is seen in record anti-incumbent sentiment. Since 2010, more have consistently placed more blame on members of Congress than the political system. Notably, majorities of Democrats (64%), Republicans (57%) and independents (55%) say it is members of Congress, rather than the political system, that are more to blame. Read more.