More Americans disapprove than approve of the job the president and Congress are doing, and a majority thinks the country is on the wrong track.
Despite the efforts of President Bush and Republicans in Congress, public support for Social Security privatization remains unchanged this year. Views on the war in Iraq, which Americans see as a top problem now facing the country, remain mixed. Many say rising gas prices affect them a lot, and most think a president has the power to do something about them.
VIEWS OF CONGRESS
Public approval of Congress remains nearly as low as it was last month during the Congressional intervention in the Terri Schiavo case, an intervention most Americans disapproved of. Now, 35 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, while 51 percent disapprove. Approval ratings for Congress have historically been low, rarely moving above the 50 percent mark since this poll began the question in 1977. Still, recent congressional ratings are at some of their lowest points since 1997.
CONGRESS JOB APPROVAL
Disapproval of Congress is strongest among Democrats (59 percent), but 39 percent of Republicans also disapprove.
This Republican Congress receives mixed reviews for its accomplishments this year. Thirty-seven percent think what they've done so far has been good for the country, while slightly more — 41 percent — think what they've done has been bad for the country. These views are highly partisan.
REPUBLICAN CONGRESS' ACTIONS SO FAR: GOOD OR BAD FOR COUNTRY?