Americans Downgrade GOP in CNN Poll

You probably don't need numbers and charts to prove that the American public is angry at Congress in the wake of the debt-ceiling mess, but a new national survey by CNN/ORC shows just how deep that pique runs:

Only 41 percent of respondents said their district's member of the House of Representatives deserves to be reelected in 2012, the first time that number has ever dropped below 50 percent in the history of CNN's polling. Forty-nine percent said the local congressman should get the boot, and 10 percent were not sure.

"That 41 percent, in the polling world, is an amazing figure. Throughout the past two decades, in good times and bad, Americans have always liked their own member of Congress despite abysmal ratings for Congress in general," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. 

And, though the Republican Party got the upper hand in the debt-limit negotiations, it may have come at a cost, the poll suggests, with the party's favorability rating at an all-time low.

Only 33 percent of those interviewed between Aug 5 and Aug 7 said they had a positive view of the GOP, while 59 percent disapproved. That was an eight-point drop over a similiar survey in July.

Democrats earned a 47 percent to 47 percent approve/disapprove split in the telephone survey of 1,008 adult Americans. Results are subject to a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Note: the poll looked at opinions of Congress as an institution and the two major political parties, but did not include questions asessing views of President Obama or his  handling of the debt crisis.