A record low: Congress's approval at 13%

Older Americans are even less favorable toward Congress than the public at large. Eight percent of those 55 and older approved of Congress in October, similar to their single-digit ratings of Congress since July. Approval is not much higher among middle-aged adults, but rises to 21% among those 18 to 34. Young adults have been more supportive of Congress this year than older age groups, similar to their relatively high approval of President Barack Obama. This is consistent with previous Gallup research showing a long-term inverse relationship between congressional approval and age.

These age patterns may be even more pronounced today than historically, and could be relevant to congressional race outcomes if they hold through next year’s elections, because older Americans are typically more likely to vote.