AUGUST 2011 | FIG. 5. ELIMINATING THE THREAT OF A DEFAULT

No one came off looking good in last summer’s debt-ceiling brinkmanship, but Congress has drifted even lower since.

Obama’s approval rating

Change since Dec. 2008 +3%

Congress’s approval rating

Change since Dec. 2008 -10%

Both Congress and Obama saw their approval ratings fall during the debt-ceiling fight

Changes since Dec. 2008

+316 ↑ S&P 500-stock index

-2.89m ↓ Payrolls

-26 points ↓ Obama approval

+2 ↑ Consumer comfort

+25,000 ↑ Housing starts rate

DATA: GALLUP

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