Today marks exactly one month since President Barack Obama's historic inauguration, attended by nearly two million people, in Washington. So far the new president has gotten everything he wanted from Congress.
- $787 billion taxpayer appropriated to stimulate the economy. The most expensive stimulus package in history.
- All of his cabinet secretaries confirmed.
- The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed
The problem is he hasn't gotten everything he asked for the way he had hoped he'd get it. So far his messages of unity and bi-partisanship have fallen on deaf ears among the House and Senate Republican ranks. Their unity is impressive. However, the question is: will voters, desperate for change, be impressed enough to return a Republican majority to Washington in the coming years?
According to the latest Gallup Poll Congress can now celebrate a 31 percent approval rating. Wow! That's up from an all time low of 14 percent over the summer. But before members start celebrating, perhaps they should remember they're only half as popular as the new president.
Click here for complete poll results. 19 percent of those polled say they approve of the job Republican lawmakers are doing. 43 percent approve of the way Democratic lawmakers are performing.