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Congress mired in low approval ratings going into midterms

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Roughly one in five Americans approves of Congress’s job performance with roughly a month left before the midterm elections, a poll released Monday found.

The Gallup poll showed that 21 percent of adults surveyed approve of the job Congress is doing, while 73 percent disapprove. 

Approval is higher among Republicans, with 36 percent giving Congress positive marks. By comparison, only 10 percent of Democrats approve of Congress’s job performance, and 19 percent of independents said the same, according to the poll.

{mosads}The poll was conducted from Oct. 1-10. It surveyed 1,019 adults, and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

The survey was conducted both before and after the Senate confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Oct. 6. Gallup noted that results were largely unchanged before and after that date.

October’s poll tracks closely with the results of Gallup’s past congressional approval surveys. The legislative branch regularly garners approval ratings around 20 percent, according to Gallup, though it reached a high of 28 percent shortly after President Trump took office.

Congress’s low approval rating comes with majorities in the House and Senate at stake in next month’s midterm elections.

Democrats need to pick up 23 seats in the House to retake the majority, and must gain two seats in the Senate to secure a majority in the upper chamber.

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