Poll: Congress' Approval 19%

By Michael W. Chapman | September 21, 2018 | 4:35pm EDT
U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

(CNSNews.com) -- Only 19% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing this September, which is up from 17% in August, but within the 15%-20% range of approval for the year so far, according to a new survey.

In the poll, Gallup asked, "Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?" Nineteen percent of Americans said they "approve."

"Congressional approval has averaged 30% since Gallup began measuring it in 1974," said the polling firm. "The current 19% approval among Americans is well below that average, but similar to Americans' sentiments through most of the period since January of last year."

"There was a brief spike in approval after the inauguration of President Donald Trump last February, when 28% of Americans approved, because Republicans' approval surged after their party gained control of the presidency and both houses of Congress," said Gallup.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). (YouTube)

"However, that was short-lived and fell back to 20% by last April," Gallup reported, "with Republicans struggling to enact much of their agenda in the early part of the Trump administration."

For comparison, President Trump's approval is at 38%. In the first week of September it was at 40%, and in mid-August, 42%. 

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