WASHINGTON - President George Bush and the US Congress registered record-low approval ratings in a Reuters/Zogby poll released yesterday.
The mood of Americans also showed a slight dip on worries about the economy in a new monthly index.
Only 29 percent of Americans gave Bush a positive grade for his job performance, below his worst Zogby mark of 30 percent in March. A paltry 11 percent rated Congress positively, beating the previous low of 14 percent in July.
The Reuters/Zogby Index, a new measure of the mood of the country, dropped from 100 to 98,8 in the last month on worries about the economy and fears of a recession, John Zogby said.
"Since the last time we polled we have had the mortgage crisis, and we are hearing the recession word a whole lot more than we've heard it in the past," Zogby said.
Polling for the index began in July, and the results provide the benchmark score of 100.
A score above 100 indicates the country's mood has improved since July, while a score below 100, like that recorded this month, shows the nation's mood is getting worse.
"The public mood is not just dark. What's darker than dark?" Zogby said. "The mood is getting ugly."
The national survey of 1001 likely voters, taken last Wednesday, found barely one-quarter of Americans, or 27 percent believe the country is headed in the right direction.
Nearly 62 percent think the country is on the wrong track.
About two-thirds of Americans think the value of their homes will stay the same or drop in the next year, and about one-third expect a recession in the next year amid a housing slump and credit crunch.
The poll said 68 percent of Americans rated economic policy as just fair or poor. - Reuters