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Americans in new poll divided on control of Congress

Americans polled in a new Monmouth University survey reported being divided on which political party should have control of Congress.

Republicans have a slight edge, with 35 percent saying the party should take control of Congress while 33 percent believe Democrats should have control, according to the poll.

However, when respondents were asked which party they would lean towards, 15 percent more people went towards Republicans while only 10 percent more leaned towards Democrats. Only 7 percent responded that it truly didn’t matter to them which party is in control of Congress.

The poll found 74 percent of Americans currently disapprove of the job Congress is doing as Democratic infighting and Republican stonewalling have halted bills such as voting rights legislation.

“Republicans have a default advantage heading into the midterms. Simply put, they are not currently in power. Voters who don’t see much difference in the parties are going to be a key factor. That means the prospect of changing the congressional majority does not necessarily translate into hope that Washington will get any better,” Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said.

The poll also shows President Biden’s lowest approval rating for Monmouth University surveys in the past year, with only 39 percent approving of the job he is doing as president. 

The poll was conducted between Jan. 20 and 24, surveying 794 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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