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Poll: Congress Gets Collective 'F'

USATODAY.COM - Congress has hit a record low with Americans, with 13% saying in a new Gallup Poll that they approve of the way Congress is doing its job.

It's the lowest job approval for Congress since Gallup first started gathering this data in 1974.

The previous low, 14%, was recorded in July 2008 as Congress grappled with the nation's economic woes and high gas prices.

The survey of 1,019 adults was taken Dec. 10-12, as Congress finished another week of a lame-duck session.

The session now is being dominated by a tax-cut deal worked out between President Obama and congressional Republicans. Congress will likely pass despite vocal objections from some Democrats about the estate tax. The Senate's work, however, has been tinged with partisanship as Republicans have blocked work on issues such as immigration and a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

The Gallup Poll shows the last month since the midterm elections have been especially rough for Congress. "Many of the supporters it had, largely Democrats, appear to have become frustrated with its work," writes Gallup's Jeffrey Jones.

Forty-two percent of Democrats now give Congress its lowest marks, compared with 15% of Republicans. That's a 26-percentage point drop for Democrats from last year.

The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.

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