Negative Attitudes Toward American Leaders Prevail in Every Branch of Government

NEW YORK, N.Y. – With so much of the national news cycle now leaning into 2016 Presidential election coverage – and with coverage of upcoming Congressional bouts sure to join the fray soon enough – it can be hard to believe that we’re still nearly a year from “Super Duper Tuesday,” and further still from 2016 winners taking their oaths of office. The current inhabitants of the White House still have over a year of governing left on their contract, and a mix of legacy and new leaders in Congress have plenty of work ahead of them while the rest of the country obsesses over Primary season.

So, how are our current leaders doing? Starting with the executive branch, and more specifically in the Oval Office: four in ten (41%) Americans give President Obama positive ratings on his overall job performance while six in ten (59%) rate him negatively – identical to both last month and the month before that, but a marked improvement from a year ago when only 35% rated him positively. Four in ten (40%) also rate him positively for the job he’s doing on the economy, on par with recent months but up from 35% a year ago.

  • Over seven in ten Democrats give the President positive ratings both overall (74%) and on the economy (71%), while over two-thirds of Independents (69% and 68%, respectively) and roughly nine in ten Republicans (89% each) rate him negatively.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,232 U.S. adults surveyed online between November 11 and 16, 2015.

Elsewhere at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, opinions on Vice President Joe Biden are somewhat divided, with roughly four in ten each giving him positive (39%) and negative (41%) ratings for the job he’s doing; an additional two in ten (20%) aren’t familiar enough with him to have an opinion. This represents a considerable upward mobility for the Vice President, whose positive ratings were at 30% last year – in fact, these are the highest positive ratings he has received since the administration entered the White House.

Looking at the Secretary of State John Kerry, three in ten Americans (31%) rate him positively for the job he’s doing, more than four in ten (42%) rate him negatively, and over one-quarter (27%) are not familiar enough to have an opinion. This is quite similar to July 2014, when 31% gave him positive marks, 44% rated him negatively, and 26% were not familiar with him.

Elsewhere in the capital…

One in ten (10%) Americans have positive attitudes toward the overall job Congress is doing, down slightly from 12% last month but up a bit from last year (8% last October, 7% December). Looking more specifically at how Americans feel toward each party’s members of Congress yields mixed results:

  • With two in ten Americans (20%) giving them positive ratings, Democrats in Congress still show room for improvement, but they’re better off than either Congress as a whole or their Republican counterparts (13%). Part of this comes down to party support (or lack thereof):
    • More than four in ten Democrats (43%) approve of Democrats in Congress, while three in ten (30%) give them negative ratings.
    • In marked contrast, fewer than here in ten (28%) Republicans give positive ratings to the job Republicans in Congress are doing, while fully half (50%) give them negative marks.

Looking at the leadership in the House of Representatives:

  • Roughly a quarter (24%) of Americans give new House Speaker Paul Ryan positive ratings for the job he’s doing thus far, while a third (34%) rate him negatively and over four in ten (42%) aren’t familiar enough with him to give an assessment.
  • About two in ten (19%) Americans give House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi positive ratings (on par with 18% last year), while just under half (47%) rate her negatively and a third (34%) aren’t familiar enough with her to say.
    • While both Ryan and Pelosi have their detractors, both have support among their parties. A 43% plurality of Republicans rates Ryan positively, while roughly one-fourth (24%) rate him negatively. Similarly, a 39% plurality among Democrats gives Pelosi positive ratings while 24% rate her negatively.
  • Absence may indeed make the heart grow fonder, as positive ratings for former House Speaker John Boehner – who left the role at the end of October – have risen to 17% (from 13% in July 2014). They’re still outweighed, though, by the negative marks he gets from roughly half of Americans (49%).
    • While Ryan and Pelosi both show plurality support among their parties, Boehner can’t say the same as the 46% of Republicans giving him negative ratings are nearly double the 25% giving him positive marks.

Over in the other chamber of Congress, the news isn’t much better for Senate leaders. While it’s important to note that half or more Americans aren’t familiar enough to have an opinion of either Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (55%) or Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (50%), their respective negative marks (38% for McConnell, 37% for Reid) still exponentially outweighing their positive ratings (7% and 12%, respectively).

  • Minority leader Reid’s positive marks among Democrats (23%) do narrowly surpass negative ratings (19%). No such luck for McConnell: the 42% of Republicans rating him negatively is more than three times as robust the 12% giving him positive marks. In fact, Republicans are more likely than Democrats (34%) to give McConnell negative ratings.

Meanwhile, down at the other end of the National Mall, nearly six in ten Americans (57%) say they’re not familiar enough with Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court to rate him. However, the quarter of Americans (26%) giving him negative ratings does cast a shadow over the 16% giving him positive marks.


TABLE 1a

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S JOB RATING – TREND

“How would you rate the overall job President Barack Obama is doing?”

                Base: All adults

 

TREND

Positive*

Negative**

%

%

2015

November

41

59

 

October

41

59

September

41

59

August

40

60

July

39

61

June

38

62

May

41

59

Apr

38

62

Mar

37

63

Feb

38

62

Jan (post-SOTU)

42

58

Jan (pre-SOTU)

39

61

2014

December

33

67

 

November

35

65

October

34

66

September

30

70

August

32

68

July

34

66

June

38

62

May

38

62

April

33

67

March

35

65

February

35

65

January

32

68

2013

December

34

66

 

November

32

68

October

35

65

September

34

66

July

39

61

June

41

59

March

38

62

2012

December

45

55

 

September

41

59

April

41

59

March

40

60

January

36

64

2011

December

36

64

 

November

34

66

October

33

67

September

32

68

July

38

62

May

46

54

April

38

62

March

39

61

Feb.

42

58

Jan.

44

56

2010

Dec.

36

64

 

Nov.

38

62

Oct.

37

63

Sept.

38

62

Aug.

40

60

June

39

61

May

42

58

March

41

59

Jan.

40

60

2009

Dec.

41

59

 

Nov.

43

57

Oct.

45

55

Sept.

49

51

Aug.

51

49

June

54

46

May

59

41

April

58

42

March

55

45

*Positive = excellent or pretty good.  **Negative = only fair or poor.

 

 

TABLE 1b

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S JOB RATING – By Political Party & Generation

“How would you rate the overall job President Barack Obama is doing?”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Political Party

Registered Voters

Generation

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

Millennials (18-35)

Gen X (36-50)

Baby Boomers (51-69)

Matures (70+)

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

POSITIVE

41

11

74

31

10

76

33

50

40

38

29

    Excellent

12

3

26

6

2

26

6

16

12

10

7

    Pretty good

29

8

49

26

7

49

27

33

28

28

22

NEGATIVE

59

89

26

69

90

24

67

50

60

62

71

    Only fair

24

21

18

34

20

17

29

27

27

23

16

    Poor

34

69

8

35

70

8

38

23

33

39

55

Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding

* indicates fewer than <0.5% selected this response

 


TABLE 2a

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S JOB RATING ON THE ECONOMY – TREND

“Now, turning to something different, how would you rate the overall job that President Barack Obama is doing on the economy?”

Base: All adults

 

2009

2010

March

April

May

June

Aug

Sept

Nov

Dec

Jan

Mar

Apr

May

June

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

POSITIVE (NET)

47

49

46

43

39

40

34

36

31

32

33

36

32

32

29

27

31

30

      Excellent

13

13

10

3

9

7

6

6

5

5

6

6

5

6

5

5

5

5

      Pretty good

34

36

36

34

31

33

27

30

25

27

27

30

27

26

24

22

26

25

NEGATIVE (NET)

53

51

54

57

61

60

66

64

69

68

67

64

68

68

71

73

69

70

      Only fair

30

27

30

27

25

27

30

30

31

30

31

29

32

29

31

33

30

34

      Poor

23

24

24

30

36

33

37

34

39

37

36

34

37

39

40

39

39

36

 

 

2011

2012

2013

Jan

Feb*

Mar

May

June

July

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Feb

Mar

Apr

June

July

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

POSITIVE (NET)

33

33

33

32

27

26

21

23

22

25

25

32

32

36

33

39

35

33

29

30

30

29

  Excellent

7

9

5

7

5

3

2

3

3

4

2

3

5

4

6

6

5

5

4

5

6

4

  Pretty good

26

24

28

26

22

23

18

20

20

22

22

29

27

32

27

32

31

28

28

25

24

25

NEGATIVE (NET)

67

62

67

68

73

74

79

77

78

75

75

68

68

64

67

61

65

67

71

70

70

71

   Only fair

30

22

29

28

30

33

33

36

32

34

34

30

29

26

26

26

29

29

31

28

29

30

   Poor

37

39

38

40

43

41

46

41

46

41

41

38

39

38

41

35

36

38

40

42

41

41

 

 

2014

2015

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan (pre-SOTU)

Jan (Post-SOTU)

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

POSITIVE (NET)

28

31

31

32

35

32

30

30

29

33

35

34

39

42

40

38

38

39

36

38

40

39

41

40

      Excellent

5

4

5

5

5

7

7

6

6

5

8

9

10

10

9

10

10

10

8

6

8

11

12

12

      Pretty good

23

27

26

27

29

25

23

25

24

27

26

25

29

32

31

28

27

29

28

31

32

29

29

28

NEGATIVE (NET)

72

69

69

68

65

68

70

70

71

67

65

66

61

58

60

62

62

61

64

62

60

61

59

60

      Only fair

30

29

27

29

26

28

27

31

31

29

29

30

26

27

28

28

28

25

28

27

24

25

26

24

      Poor

42

40

42

39

39

40

43

39

40

38

36

36

34

31

32

34

35

35

35

36

36

35

33

36

Note: Percentages may not add up exactly to 100% due to rounding; *In February 2012 “Not at all sure” was offered as a response choice and 4% responded in that way.

 


TABLE 2b

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S JOB RATING ON THE ECONOMY – By Political Party & Generation

“How would you rate the overall job that President Barack Obama is doing on the economy?”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Political Party

Registered Voters

Generation

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

Millennials (18-35)

Gen X (36-50)

Baby Boomers (51-69)

Matures (70+)

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

POSITIVE

40

11

71

32

9

72

34

51

39

35

28

    Excellent

12

3

25

8

3

27

8

15

12

12

9

    Pretty good

28

8

46

24

7

46

26

37

27

23

19

NEGATIVE

60

89

29

68

91

28

66

49

61

65

72

    Only fair

24

21

20

29

21

19

26

23

25

26

17

    Poor

36

68

9

39

70

9

40

26

36

39

55

Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding 

 

TABLE 3a

CONGRESS’ OVERALL JOB RATING – Trend

“How would you rate the overall job Congress is doing?”

Base: All adults

 

TREND

Positive*

Negative**

%

%

2015

November

10

90

 

October

12

88

September

9

91

August

10

90

July

11

89

June

9

91

May

9

91

April

9

91

March

7

93

February

9

91

Jan (post-SOTU)

10

90

Jan (Pre-SOTU)

9

91

2014

December

7

93

 

October

8

92

September

7

93

August

8

92

July

9

91

June

10

90

May

7

93

April

7

93

March

8

92

February

8

92

January

6

94

2013

December

5

95

 

November

7

93

October

4

96

September

7

93

July

9

91

June

9

91

March

6

94

2012

December

8

92

 

April

11

89

March

9

91

January

6

94

2011

December

5

95

 

July

8

92

May

13

87

January

16

84

2010

December

11

89

 

June

14

86

March

10

90

Jan.

16

84

2009

Dec.

17

83

 

Oct.

16

84

June

25

75

March

29

71

2008

October

10

86

 

August

18

77

June

13

83

February

20

76

2007

December

17

79

 

October

20

77

April

27

69

February

33

62

2006

September

24

73

 

May

18

80

February

25

71

January

25

72

*Positive = excellent or pretty good.  **Negative = only fair or poor.

TABLE 3b

CONGRESS’ OVERALL JOB RATING – By Political Party & Generation

“How would you rate the overall job Congress is doing?”

  Base: All adults

 

Total

Political Party

Registered Voters

Generation

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

Millennials (18-35)

Gen X (36-50)

Baby Boomers (51-69)

Matures (70+)

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

POSITIVE

10

8

14

7

8

14

5

18

9

6

2

    Excellent

2

3

3

1

3

3

1

6

1

*

*

    Pretty good

8

5

11

6

5

11

4

12

8

5

1

NEGATIVE

90

92

86

93

92

86

95

82

91

94

98

    Only fair

36

41

35

29

41

33

27

36

37

35

33

    Poor

55

51

51

65

52

53

68

46

54

59

65

Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding

* indicates fewer than <0.5% selected this response

— indicates no selections for this response

 

 

TABLE 4

FAMILIARITY WITH KEY POLITICAL LEADERS

“Are you familiar enough with each of the following to have an opinion regarding them?”

Base: All adults

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Mar

Aug

Dec

Mar

June

Oct

Jan

May

Oct

Jan

July

Jan

July

Nov

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Vice President Joe Biden

70

71

72

72

71

72

71

78

76

67

80

79

79

80

Secretary of State John Kerry

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

73

75

74

73

Democrats in Congress

66

68

67

68

68

67

66

66

67

66

69

71

70

67

Republicans in Congress

62

63

64

67

64

64

63

62

66

66

67

68

68

66

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

68

67

71

69

69

72

69

75

72

66

71

72

70

66

Former House Speaker John Boehner

37

27

n/a

n/a

n/a

37

48

54

60

56

64

68

69

65

House Speaker Paul Ryan

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

58

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid

32

39

44

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

53

53

50

54

57

59

50

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

46

46

50

45

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

40

n/a

n/a

n/a

36

40

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

48

46

48

43

Note: n/a indicates not asked; In January 2011 Nancy Pelosi became House Minority Leader (from House Speaker) and John Boehner became House Speaker (from House Minority Leader); in January 2015 Mitch McConnell became the Senate Majority Leader (from Senate Minority Leader) and Harry Reid became Senate Minority Leader (from Senate Majority Leader); in October 2015 Paul Ryan became House Speaker and John Boehner retired from the position

 

 


TABLE 5a

RATINGS OF KEY POLITICAL LEADERS

 “How would you rate the overall job each of the following is doing?”

Base: All adults

 

Positive*

Excellent

Pretty

Good

Negative**

Only

Fair

Poor

Not

Familiar

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Vice President Joe Biden

39

12

27

41

23

18

20

Secretary of State John Kerry

31

7

25

42

19

23

27

House Speaker Paul Ryan

24

4

20

34

22

13

42

Democrats in Congress

20

4

16

47

20

28

33

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

19

5

14

47

16

31

34

Former House Speaker John Boehner

17

3

14

49

22

26

35

Chief Justice John Roberts

16

2

14

26

16

10

57

Republicans in Congress

13

3

10

53

21

33

34

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid

12

3

10

37

13

24

50

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

7

2

6

38

17

21

55

*Positive = excellent or pretty good **Negative = only fair or poor; In January 2011 Nancy Pelosi became House Minority Leader (from House Speaker) and John Boehner became House Speaker (from House Minority Leader); in January 2015 Mitch McConnell became the Senate Majority Leader (from Senate Minority Leader) and Harry Reid became Senate Minority Leader (from Senate Majority Leader); in October 2015 Paul Ryan became House Speaker and John Boehner retired from the position

 

 

TABLE 5b

RATINGS OF KEY POLITICAL LEADERS

By Political Party

 “How would you rate the overall job each of the following is doing?”

Base: All adults

 

Positive*

Negative**

Rep

Dem

Ind

Rep

Dem

Ind

%

%

%

%

%

%

Vice President Joe Biden

16

65

34

68

17

47

Secretary of State John Kerry

12

53

28

66

19

48

House Speaker Paul Ryan

43

14

23

24

42

39

Democrats in Congress

3

43

12

64

30

58

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

5

39

12

68

24

58

Former House Speaker John Boehner

25

16

13

46

48

56

Chief Justice John Roberts

17

18

16

33

22

29

Republicans in Congress

28

6

9

50

56

60

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid

4

23

9

54

19

48

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

12

7

6

42

34

44

*Positive = excellent or pretty good **Negative = only fair or poor; In January 2011 Nancy Pelosi became House Minority Leader (from House Speaker) and John Boehner became House Speaker (from House Minority Leader); in January 2015 Mitch McConnell became the Senate Majority Leader (from Senate Minority Leader) and Harry Reid became Senate Minority Leader (from Senate Majority Leader); in October 2015 Paul Ryan became House Speaker and John Boehner retired from the position

 


TABLE 6

RATING OF VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN – TREND

How would you rate the job Vice-President Joe Biden is doing?”

Base: All adults

Positive*

Negative**

Not Familiar

2015 Nov

%

39

41

20

2014 July

%

30

50

21

January

%

30

50

21

2013 July

%

33

47

20

2012 Jan.

%

22

45

33

2011 Oct.

%

30

46

24

May

%

35

43

22

Jan.

%

33

39

29

2010 Oct.

%

26

46

28

June

%

26

45

29

March

%

29

44

28

Jan.

%

28

39

33

2009 Dec.

%

30

42

28

Sept.

%

30

41

30

Aug.

%

33

38

29

June

%

30

38

32

May

%

32

36

31

April

%

34

32

33

March

%

35

35

30

*Excellent or pretty good. **Only fair or poor.  Note:  Percentages may not add up to 100% because of rounding.

 

 

TABLE 7

RATING OF SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY – TREND

How would you rate the job Secretary of State John Kerry is doing?”

Base: All adults

Positive*

Negative**

Not Familiar

2015

Nov

%

31

42

27

2014

July

%

31

44

26

Jan.

%

32

43

25

2013

July

%

34

39

27

*Excellent or pretty good. **Only fair or poor. Note:  Percentages may not add up to 100% because of rounding.

 

TABLE 8

RATING OF HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN

How would you rate the job House Speaker Paul Ryan is doing?”

Base: All adults

Positive*

Negative**

Not Familiar

2015

Nov

%

24

34

42

*Excellent or pretty good. **Only fair or poor. Note:  Percentages may not add up to 100% because of rounding. Paul Ryan became House Speaker in October 2015. 

 


TABLE 9

RATING OF HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI – TREND

How would you rate the job House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is doing?”

Base: All adults

Positive*

Negative**

Not Familiar

2015 Nov

%

19

47

34

2014 July

%

18

52

30

Jan

%

17

55

28

2013 July

%

18

53

29

2012 Jan

%

13

53

34

2011 Oct.

%

18

54

28

May

%

24

51

25

Jan.

%

22

48

31

2010 Oct.

%

19

52

28

June

%

20

49

31

March

%

16

52

31

Jan.

%

18

50

32

2009 Dec.

%

22

49

29

Sept.

%

20

49

31

Aug.

%

19

48

33

June

%

18

49

34

May

%

21

45

34

April

%

21

44

35

March

%

23

45

32

*Excellent or pretty good. **Only fair or poor. Note:  Percentages may not add up to 100% because of rounding; until January 2011 Nancy Pelosi was House Speaker.

 

 

TABLE 10

RATING OF FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER – TREND

How would you rate the job Former House Speaker John Boehner is doing?”

Base: All adults

Positive*

Negative**

Not Familiar

2015 Nov

%

17

49

35

2014 July

%

13

55

32

Jan.

%

12

56

32

2013 July

%

13

51

36

2012 Jan.

%

11

46

44

2011 Oct.

%

17

43

40

May

%

22

32

46

Jan.

%

22

27

52

2010 Oct.

%

12

25

63

2009 Aug.

%

8

19

73

March

%

9

16

75

*Excellent or pretty good. **Only fair or poor. Note:  Percentages may not add up to 100% because of rounding; Until January 2015 John Boehner was House Speaker.

 


TABLE 11

RATING OF SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS – TREND

How would you rate the job Chief Justice John Roberts is doing?”

Base: All adults

Positive*

Negative**

Not Familiar

2015

Nov

%

16

26

57

2014

July

%

17

31

52

Jan.

%

16

30

54

2013

July

%

18

30

52

2010

Oct.

%

20

20

60

 

June

%

18

19

64

June

%

21

15

63

March

%

25

16

60

*Excellent or pretty good. **Only fair or poor. Note:  Percentages may not add up to 100% because of rounding.

 

TABLE 12

RATING OF SENATE MINORITY LEADER HARRY REID – TREND

How would you rate the job Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is doing?”

Base: All adults

Positive*

Negative**

Not Familiar

2015 Nov

%

12

37

50

2014 July

%

14

45

41

Jan

%

12

45

43

2013 July

%

11

43

46

2012 Jan.

%

8

42

50

2011 Oct.

%

10

42

47

May

%

17

36

47

2009 Dec.

%

11

33

56

Aug.

%

10

29

61

March

%

12

26

61

*Excellent or pretty good. **Only fair or poor.  Note:  Percentages may not add up to 100% because of rounding. Until January 2015 Harry Reid was Senate Majority Leader.

 

TABLE 13

RATING OF SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL – TREND

How would you rate the job Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is doing?”

Base: All adults

Positive*

Negative**

Not Familiar

2015 Nov

%

7

38

55

2014 July

%

10

40

50

Jan

%

7

38

54

2013 July

%

11

35

54

*Excellent or pretty good. **Only fair or poor.  Note:  Percentages may not add up to 100% because of rounding. Until January 2015 Mitch McConnell was House Minority Leader. 


TABLE 14

RATING OF DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS – TREND

How would you rate the job the Democrats in Congress are doing?”

Base: All adults

Positive*

Negative**

Not Familiar

2015 Nov

%

20

47

33

2014 July

%

17

53

30

Jan.

%

16

54

29

2013 July

%

18

51

31

2012 Jan.

%

13

53

34

2011 Oct.

%

12

54

33

May

%

18

48

34

Jan.

%

19

47

34

2010 Oct.

%

16

51

33

June

%

14

54

32

March

%

14

54

32

Jan.

%

17

54

29

2009 Dec.

%

18

50

33

Sept.

%

18

51

31

Aug.

%

21

47

32

June

%

21

43

35

May

%

25

39

36

April

%

22

42

36

March

%

25

41

34

*Excellent or pretty good. **Only fair or poor. Note:  Percentages may not add up to 100% because of rounding.


TABLE 15

RATING OF REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS – TREND

How would you rate the job the Republicans in Congress are doing?”

Base: All adults

Positive*

Negative**

Not Familiar

2015 Nov

%

13

53

34

2014 July

%

14

54

32

Jan.

%

9

59

32

2013 July

%

11

56

33

2012 Jan.

%

10

56

34

2011 Oct.

%

13

53

34

May

%

18

44

38

Jan.

%

20

44

37

2010 Oct.

%

14

51

36

June

%

11

52

36

March

%

16

51

33

Jan.

%

16

50

34

2009 Dec.

%

14

50

36

Sept.

%

11

54

35

Aug.

%

12

52

37

June

%

12

46

42

May

%

14

45

41

April

%

14

48

39

March

%

15

47

38

*Excellent or pretty good. **Only fair or poor.  Note:  Percentages may not add up to 100% because of rounding.

 


TABLE 16a

RIGHT DIRECTION OR WRONG TRACK – TREND

“Generally speaking, would you say things in the country are going in the right direction or have they pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?”

                                Base: All adults

 

TREND

Right Direction

Wrong Track

%

%

2015

November

31

69

 

October

34

66

September

32

68

August

34

66

July

34

66

June

30

70

May

35

65

April

33

67

March

35

65

Feb

38

62

Jan (Post-SOTU)

44

56

Jan (Pre-SOTU)

38

62

2014

December

30

70

 

November

34

66

October

34

66

September

29

71

August

32

68

July

31

69

June

33

67

May

35

65

April

34

66

March

34

66

February

34

66

January

31

69

2013

December

33

67

 

November

30

70

October

20

80

September

29

71

July

34

66

May

39

61

2012

March

34

66

 

January

27

73

2011

August

16

84

 

May

39

61

2010

December

29

71

 

April

39

61

2009

August

46

54

 

January

19

72

2008

October

11

83

 

February

23

69

2007

December

18

74

 

February

29

62

2006

May

24

69

 

February

32

59

2005

November

27

68

 

January

46

48

2004

September

38

57

 

June

35

59

2003

December

35

57

 

June

44

51

2002

December

36

57

 

June

46

48

2001

December

65

32

 

June

43

52

2000

October

50

41

 

June

40

51

1999

June

37

55

 

March

47

45

1998

December

43

51

 

June

48

44

1997

December

39

56

 

April

36

55

1996

December

38

50

 

June

29

64

1995

December

26

62

 

June

24

65

1994

December

29

63

 

June

28

65

1993

June

21

70

 

March

39

50

1992

June

12

81

 

January

20

75

1991

December

17

75

 

January

58

32

 

 

TABLE 16b

RIGHT DIRECTION OR WRONG TRACK – By Political Party, Generation & Ethnicity/Race

“Generally speaking, would you say things in the country are going in the right direction or have they pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Political Party

Registered Voters

Generation

Gender

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

Rep.

Dem.

Ind.

Millennials (18-35)

Gen X (36-50)

Baby Boomers (51-69)

Matures (70+)

Men

Women

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Right direction

31

13

49

28

12

50

26

37

32

28

22

35

27

Wrong track

69

87

51

72

88

50

74

63

68

72

78

65

73

Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding

 

Methodology

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between November 11 and 16, 2015 among 2,232 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online. 

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, The Harris Poll avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Poll surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in our panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

The results of this Harris Poll may not be used in advertising, marketing or promotion without the prior written permission of The Harris Poll.

The Harris Poll® #75, November 23, 2015

By Larry Shannon-Missal, Managing Editor, The Harris Poll