1. YIKES

    Only 15 Percent Approve of Congress

    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 12:  U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Facing a divided Congress, Obama focused his speech on new initiatives designed to stimulate the U.S. economy and said, 'ItÕs not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth'.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Joint congressional session for Pres. Obama's SOTU on Feb. 12. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

    Oh, Congress. Just 15 percent of Americans approve of Congress and a whopping 81 percent disapprove of the way they are handling the job, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday. But things aren’t quite as bleak as those numbers seem: unbelievably, it’s up from Congress’s all-time low approval rating of just 10 percent from February to August 2012. It’s also a point up from January. Democrats fared slightly better than Republicans, with 19 percent approval, as opposed to Republicans, who mustered just 12 percent—which is a huge leap from its dismal 6 percent approval rating in January. Maybe the sun will come out after all for Congress after a long and lonely winter. Of course, there’s always the looming sequester drama …

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