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Congress Still Viewed Least Favorably On List of Professions

While the ongoing debt ceiling debate hasn’t helped matters, Americans still list being a member of Congress as the least favorable on a list of nine professions.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that just 19% view members of Congress favorably, including five percent (5%) who share a Very Favorable impression of them. Seventy-seven (77%) view individuals in this profession unfavorably, including 46% who view them Very Unfavorably. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Congressmen have remained in the professional basement since September 2009, when they surpassed corporate CEOs as the least favorable profession. This year’s favorable marks for members of Congress are the lowest measured in surveys since February 2009.

But then voter approval of the job Congress is doing has fallen to a new low - for the second month in a row. Just six percent (6%) now rate Congress' performance as good or excellent. At the same time, negative reviews for the top congressional leaders have risen over the past month. Forty-six percent (46%) now view most members of Congress as corrupt. That’s the highest finding to date.

Tied at the top of the list of professions in terms of favorability are small business owners and those who start their own businesses, with 90% of Americans viewing those jobs favorably. Sixty-seven percent (67%) hold a Very Favorable impression of small business owners, while 64% feel that way about entrepreneurs. Only six percent (6%) view these professions unfavorably. Both professions have been at the top of the list in Rasmussen Reports surveys for years.

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The national telephone survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 25-26, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.  Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.  See methodology.

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