- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Americans don’t just hate Congress, their dislike for their own representative has hit an all-time high, a new poll found.

For the first time, a majority of U.S. voters — 51 percent — say they disapprove of their representative in Congress, said an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday.

Polls typically find that Americans give low marks to Congress but support the representative from their own congressional district.

The unnerving results for incumbents just three months before midterm elections apply to both Democrats and Republicans. Both parties are near all-time low approval levels, the poll found.

Republicans fared worse, with 35 percent saying they have a favorable impression of the party. The GOP’s favorability rating only has been lower twice in the past 30 years, when it hit 32 percent following the government shutdown in October and 31 percent following the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998.

The Democratic Party scored a 49 percent favorability rating, which is its lowest in 30 years, the poll said.


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