Public trust in Congress plummets after government shutdown

(WJLA) - The public's trust in Congress to do what's right is near historic lows in the wake of the government shutdown, according to a Pew study.

In numbers released Friday by the Pew Center for People & The Press, just 19 percent of those surveyed believe that America's representatives and senators are "doing what's right always or most of the time," a number that's down 7 percentage points since January alone.

Trust in Congress has reached lows only seen since the last time lawmakers battled over the national debt, which was in 2011.

The Pew study also revealed that a full 85 percent of those surveyed were either angry at or frustrated with the federal government.

The battle over the Affordable Care Act and the debt ceiling culminated in the 16-day federal government shutdown that began Oct. 1 and ended this past Thursday.

Among federal workers, the survey concluded that 73 percent had an unfavorable view of Congress, ranking well behind such agencies including the IRS, NSA and the Department of Justice.

You can view the full survey at