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Recent Polls Show Congressional Approval Ratings At All-Time-Low

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WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Some are now expressing growing frustrations with the nation’s leaders. A slew of recent polls show congressional approval ratings at an all-time-low.

Meghan McCorkell talked to some people who are losing their patience.

People are telling WJZ that they’re worried about a lack of leadership in Washington.

Back and forth bickering on Capitol Hill.

“We’re through playing these little games,” said Rich Cumbers.

“This is why people don’t like Washington,” said Sarah Dutton, CBS Election & Survey Unit.

At Souris’ Saloon in Towson, frustrations are building.

“I don’t think any of them get along to be honest with you,” said Greg Merkle.

That discord hit home during the 10-day government shutdown.

“By not keeping the government working they just hurt themselves and shot themselves in the foot,” said Jack Anderson.

Glitches with Obamacare are also causing tempers to flare.

“You’ve got Congress regulating programs that they’re not subject to,” said Cumbers.

And the blame game continues.

Members of Congress should be worried, too. A CBS News poll shows just a nine percent job approval rating, with 85 percent disapproving.

“That is the highest disapproval number we’ve had since we began asking this question back in 1977,” Dutton said.

Johns Hopkins professor Emeritus Matthew Crenson says while previous polls have been low, this is different.

“What people have typically said in the past, however, is that although they hate Congress as a group, they really like their own member of Congress. This time, even their own members are taking a hit,” said Crenson.

Some say they hope the frustrations lead to action on the part of the American people.

“I hope that average citizens become more aware of what it means for them to vote,” said April Yvonne Garret.

A vote that could mean change in Washington.

The president’s approval rating is also at an all-time-low.

According to the CBS News poll, a majority of Americans say they don’t feel they have much of a say in what the government does.

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