Congressional Approval Sinks To All-Time Low As Americans Blame Republicans For Debt Problems, Intransigence

Americans are increasingly unhappy with Congress in the wake of the deal reached by President Obama and Republican Congressional leaders, according to a new poll released by the New York Times and CBS News. While Obama’s approval rating held steady at 48 percent after signing the deal — which will raise the debt ceiling over the next eighteen months in exchange for massive spending cuts — Congress’ approval rating dropped to an all-time low:

A record 82 percent of Americans now disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job — the most since The Times first began asking the question in 1977, and even more than after another political stalemate led to a shutdown of the federal government in 1995.

A bulk of that disappointment was targeted at Congressional Republicans:

The poll also found disappointment in Obama (46 percent approval) and Congressional Democrats’ (28 percent) handling of the negotiations, but the numbers get worse for Republicans. Half of Americans disagreed with the GOP’s stance that the deal should not include any new revenues, more than half believed the GOP did not compromise enough, and nearly half blamed Republicans for the difficulty in reaching a deal:

When it comes to the actual debt problems, ThinkProgress has documented the ways in which policy decisions made in the Bush administration were the main drivers of American debt. Americans seem to agree, as nearly half blame Bush for most of the federal government’s fiscal problems:

Republicans successfully held the government and the American economy hostage over the debt ceiling. But this poll and other show Americans haven’t forgotten what drove up the nation’s debt and that they don’t approve of the GOP’s hostage taking.