By Daniel Strauss - 10/28/11 08:39 PM EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) explained Americans' low approval of Congress as something that's been going on throughout the country's history.
Pelosi added that she fell into the category of Americans who did not approve of the body's job performance lately, as well.
"The fact is that Congress has always been the object of mockery in the history of our country," Pelosi said Friday in an interview with CNBC. "I myself would include those who are dissatisfied with the conduct of Congress. I don't know who know who is in favor of how things have gone forth because you've seen a polarization."
Pelosi's comments come amid recent polling that finds Congress at deep approval lows.
On Friday, a YouGov/Economist poll found that just 8 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while 67 percent disapprove. That low disapproval number near perfectly matches findings by a New York Times/CBS News poll that found Congress's job performance had won a 9 percent approval rating among Americans.