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5/24/2005 8:00 pm

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Columbia Broadcasting System CBS News

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Entered 5/24/2005, Updated 5/24/2005

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(CBS) In the wake of the Senate's filibuster fight, Congress' job approval stands today at just 29 percent, down from the 35 percent measured last month following Congress' dispute over the Terri Schiavo case, and now at its lowest level in this poll since 1996. Today a majority of Americans, 55 percent, disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job. Most of the interviews for this poll were conducted before the filibuster compromise deal was announced Monday night. Approval ratings for Congress have historically been low, rarely moving above the 50 percent mark since this poll began asking the question in 1977. However, recent Congressional ratings are at some of their lowest points since the mid-nineties. Americans also say Congress does not share their priorities — 68 percent think it does not. Most partisans on both sides — including Republicans, whose party controls both chambers — think the legislature is out of touch in this regard. The sense that Congress doesn't share one's priorities is related to negative views on its job performance. Neither federal judges nor the filibuster appear prominently on the list of Americans' priorities; the public instead cites the war in Iraq (19 percent), and the economy and jobs (19 percent) as the country’s most pressing problems. These issues are followed by terrorism (7 percent) and Social Security (5 percent).


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