With record-breaking gridlock a reality, it is not a great time to be a member of Congress if you like getting things done. Nor is it a great time to be in Congress if you like people thinking you’re doing a good job. In a recent Gallup poll, Americans gave the current Congress the lowest confidence rating ever measured for any institution in 40 years. But what does having “confidence” in Congress mean? How does confidence affect our legislature’s ability to implement new laws?
In the Infographic below we walk you through why Congress has such a low approval rating, how that affects legislators who want to pass bills, and how the leaders of the Senate and Congress compare.