Poll finds Obama more popular than Congress

March 11, 2010

WASHINGTONWASHINGTONRICHMOND, Va. — - Americans have come to detest Congress ever more deeply as it nears the end of a nasty fight over health care. But more than half still back President Barack Obama, a bright spot for a Democratic Party counting on its leader to help stave off expected losses in elections this fall. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll found that fewer people approve of Congress than at any point in Obama's presidency. Support has dropped significantly since January to a dismal 22 percent as the health care debate has roiled Capitol Hill. Neither Republicans nor Democrats are safe; half of all people say they want to fire their congressman. Conversely, Obama's job-approval rating is holding fairly steady at 53 percent. And over the past two months, the Democrat has gained ground on national-security issues, specifically the subsiding Iraq war and the escalating Afghanistan war, as he has spent most of his time on domestic affairs.

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