Are You Confident in Congress? Gallup Poll Says Americans' Confidence in Congress Lowest on Record

September 27, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 12:29 AM EDT

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Are You Confident in Congress? Gallup Poll Says Americans' Confidence in Congress Lowest on Record

September 27, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 12:29 AM EDT

According to information released by Gallup this week, Americans' confidence in Congress as an institution is down to 10%, ranking the legislative body last on a list of 16 societal institutions for the fourth straight year.

According to the report on Gallup.com:

This is the lowest level of confidence Gallup has found, not only for Congress, but for any institution on record. Americans remain most confident in the military, at 76%.

The percentage of Americans expressing a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress is the lowest for a trend that dates back to 1973. The high point for Congress, 42%, came in that year.

Confidence in Congress has been at its lowest points for several years, while it was higher in the mid-1980s and in the early 2000s.

Another Gallup report issued this week cited gridlock as the top reason Americans are critical of Congress.

According to that Gallup report:

Nearly four in five Americans in June, 78%, disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, marking the 45th consecutive month that more than two-thirds of Americans have given Congress the thumbs down. Americans' high level of disapproval is less about what Congress is doing than about what it isn't doing: putting aside partisan bickering and getting things done.

The top reason Americans who disapprove of Congress give for their view is partisan gridlock, named by 28%. Relatedly, another 21% cite Congress' failure to accomplish anything or make decisions, and 11% say Congress puts politics ahead of the country.