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Poll: US Congressional Approval at 5 Percent

As the federal government shutdown continues, Tory Anderson, right, with her kids Audrey, 7, and Kai, 3, of Goodyear, Ariz., join others as they rally for the Alliance of Retired Americans to end the shutdown, Oct. 9, 2013.As the federal government shutdown continues, Tory Anderson, right, with her kids Audrey, 7, and Kai, 3, of Goodyear, Ariz., join others as they rally for the Alliance of Retired Americans to end the shutdown, Oct. 9, 2013.
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As the federal government shutdown continues, Tory Anderson, right, with her kids Audrey, 7, and Kai, 3, of Goodyear, Ariz., join others as they rally for the Alliance of Retired Americans to end the shutdown, Oct. 9, 2013.
As the federal government shutdown continues, Tory Anderson, right, with her kids Audrey, 7, and Kai, 3, of Goodyear, Ariz., join others as they rally for the Alliance of Retired Americans to end the shutdown, Oct. 9, 2013.
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With no end to the U.S. fiscal crisis in sight, a new poll indicates only 5 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is doing its job.

The poll also found 62 percent of the 1,200 surveyed blame Republicans for the partial U.S. government shutdown.

The Associated Press and GfK poll also found 37 percent approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing.

On Tuesday, as the country faces a deadline to raise the debt ceiling or default on its debts, President Obama tried to reassure the world that the United States has always paid its bills.

He appealed to Congress to pass a spending bill to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, but the president again refused to negotiate with the Republican majority in the House of Representatives until that is done.

House Speaker John Boehner said he is disappointed in the president's response. He said the debt limit has always been fair game for bargaining and the United States cannot keep spending money it does not have.

The U.S. Treasury expects to exhaust its remaining borrowing capacity under the current $16.7 trillion limit by October 17.

The U.S. government shut down all but essential services on October 1 when Congress could not pass a funding bill. House Republicans insist on defunding the president's signature health care initiative. Hundreds of thousands of government workers are still furloughed and many important services remain unavailable.

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