WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- While U.S. President George W. Bush's ratings have been poor for most of the past two years, the two parties in Congress have now hit new lows in approval ratings, a new poll has found.
According to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll released here Tuesday, only 26 percent of poll respondents approve Republicans in Congress, compared with 33 percent of approval in Feb.
There is no good news for Democrats either. The poll also finds the approval rating for Democrats in Congress down to 30 percent, a drop of 11 percent from Feb.
Bush's approval rating stands at 32 percent and has been low for the past two years.
"The American people just decided that Washington is either incompetent or irrelevant," said Frank Luntz, a pollster.
"Republicans made promises they didn't keep, and Democrats made promises they couldn't keep. And now it's a pox on all their houses," he said.
Nevertheless, there is still a silver lining for Democrats, as poll respondents favor the party by a 53-percent to 40-percent margin in next year's elections.
The poll was conducted from Dec. 14-16 among 1011 American adults nationwide.