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Everybody hates Congress

Will the registered North Carolina voters who approve of how Congress is doing its job please stand up?

Based on the latest Elon University Poll, you might be able to fill the Greensboro Coliseum and still have room for a band.

In September, 8% of registered voters in North Carolina said they approve of Congress. (85% disapprove.) That’s down from 14% in September. Thank you, government shutdown. Thank you, health care. Thank you, partisanship.

The disgust with reflected across the board, but for the sake of consistency, let’s’ dig into the numbers:

Politics — Democrats approval: 10%; Independents and Republicans, 7%. In September, Republicans were at 19% to Democrats’ 14%.

Gender — 9% for men and 8% for women.

Race — 12% for blacks and 7% for men.

Age — The highest rating came from the 31-40 age group at 12%; the lowest was the 65+ group at 5%.

Explanation: Do we really need one?

— John Robinson

Congress remains unloved

By now, Congress should have a “Rodney Dangerfield complex.”

In North Carolina, its approval rating is 14 percent. And that’s the nice way of saying it as opposed to “75 percent of North Carolinians polled said they disapproved of the job Congress is doing.”

But there is good news in the latest Elon University Poll results. In our February poll, 82 percent of the people polled disapproved of Congress.

In this poll, Republicans like Congress a little better than Democrats, but not by much (19 percent to 14 percent). People 40 and younger like Congress more than people 41 and older.

The rising fortunes of Congress, however moderate, could well be tied to the falling approval rating for President Obama. Otherwise, it’s unclear exactly why Congress has gained in favor. Gridlock is still the way of Washington, and sequestration is becoming more of a problem for Americans outside of D.C.

— John Robinson