Raleigh, N.C. – When PPP last polled the American electorate in early October, at the beginning of the shutdown, Republicans already trailed Democrats in the generic congressional ballot by five points, and their 29% approval rating was ten points lower than Congressional Democrats’. Now John Boehner and company are at 23%, with 72% disapproving of their job performance. That ten-point gulf between voters’ opinion of them and Democrats is now 17 points, as Congressional Democrats have remained in place, at 40-56, almost identical to their 39-56 standing three weeks ago.
Congress has sunk to a new low of 6%, with 87% disapproving. But though Americans despise the body as a whole, it remains much harder to get them to blame the individual representative they elected. 41% approve and 45% disapprove of the job their own congressperson is doing. Democrats (48-37) like their representative much better than Republicans (41-41) or independents (31-59) do.