1. Dismal

    Disapproval of Congress Peaks

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., accompanied by fellow Democratic leadership, takes part in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011,  after final passage of the emergency legislation to prevent a default on government debt obligations. From left are, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Reid, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

    In the wake of the debt-ceiling debate, 82 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job—the highest ever, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. Of those surveyed, 72 percent disapproved of the way Republicans handled the negotiations, and 66 percent disapproved of Democrat action. Meanwhile, 47 percent disapproved of the way President Obama handled the negotiations, and 46 percent approved. More than four out of five people surveyed said that the debate had been more about political posturing than about helping the country. One person who was interviewed after the survey said, “I’m real disappointed in Congress. They can’t sit down and agree about what’s best for America. It’s all politics.”

    Read it at The New York Times