Congress Has Lowest Approval Rating Ever

Republicans suffered the worst in the government shutdown.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.
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Republicans in the House of Representatives entered the government shutdown with self assurance that they wouldn't be blamed for trying to stop Obamacare.

New polling out Tuesday, however, suggests they were wrong.

A USA Today/Princeton Survey Poll released Tuesday shows that Republican party brand is in need of serious repair after the government shutdown that lasted more than two weeks. Americans blame Republicans two to one for the dysfunction in Congress and 47 percent think the entire body would be better off if "every member were replaced."

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The poll numbers are worse than after the government shutdown in 1994 when 40 percent of Americans polled at that time wanted the entire Congress replaced.

But the current poll conducted after the recent shutdown could mean a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives if voters continue to stay mad.

Already, Charlie Cook, an expert and pundit on congressional elections, moved 14 House races in the Democrats' direction.

"Democrats still have a very uphill climb to a majority, and it's doubtful they can sustain this month's momentum for another year," he wrote about 2014. "But Republicans' actions have energized Democratic fundraising and recruiting efforts and handed Democrats a potentially effective message."

Another poll Tuesday showed that Congress overall has its lowest approval rating in the history of the poll.

The Washington Post/ABC poll showed just 12 percent of Americans approve of Congress, 85 percent disapprove and more than 70 percent of those are strongly opposed to the job congressional lawmakers are doing.

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The Washington Post/ABC poll found that the president's approval rating had remained nearly the same throughout the shutdown, with 53 percent of those polled blaming Republicans for the fiscal impasse and 29 percent pointing fingers at the president.

Both the USA Today and Washington Post polls surveyed slightly more than 1,000 adults each in the days following the shutdown from Oct. 17 to Oct. 20. The margin of error was 4 percentage points and 3.5 percentage points, respectively.

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