(CNN) - The numbers tell the story.
As federal lawmakers
head out to their home states and districts for the
five-week summer recess, the approval rating for
Congress is mired near historic lows.
Only 17% of Americans give the institution a thumbs
up, with a whopping 77% saying they disapprove of
the job lawmakers are doing, according to a CNN Poll
of Polls that averages the four non-partisan, live
operator, national surveys of Congress' approval
rating conducted over the past two and a half weeks.
Not only is the
disapproval rating for Congress sky-high, but a
recent poll suggests that voters are very open to
throwing out their own representative in the U.S.
House. Only 32% of those questioned in an NBC
News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted in mid-July
said they feel that their member of Congress
deserves to be re-elected, with 57% saying it's time
to give a new person a chance.
Another 57% said
they would vote to defeat and replace every single
member of Congress, including their own
representative, if such a place on the ballot
While not in the
same predicament, President Barack Obama doesn't
have a whole heck of a lot to brag about when it
comes to his public standing - he stands at a 46%
approval rating while his disapproval rate is 48%,
according to a new CNN Poll of Polls that averages
the the three non-partisan, live operator, national
surveys of the president's approval rating conducted
over the past two weeks.
slow recovery of the economy and the smothering
gridlock in the nation's capital, these numbers are
Even a top member
of Congress acknowledges the extremely poor showing
in the polls.
"I think the low
approval of Congress is not surprising. The
president's is not that great, either," admitted
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, talking to
reporters Tuesday. "I think the American people are
reacting appropriately to the fact that we have an
economy that is not getting the job done."