What America’s Thinking: February 22, 2018
GOP, Dems see government as being in 'crisis,' says Gallup chief
Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport said on Tuesday that both Republicans and Democrats see the U.S. government as being in a state of crisis.
"Americans are really disgusted with government and how it operates here in Washington, D.C., so I think that's what, if you stop Americans on the street, they're talking about, and that's bipartisan," Newport told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."
"If you stop Democrats on the street, they'll say government's broken, mainly they're thinking about Trump. But if you talk to Republicans, they think Congress, and the whole deep state is what's wrong with government. So we have a real crisis right here in our nation's capital, according to the American public," he continued.
A Gallup poll released last month found that 39 percent of Americans have a positive image of the U.S. government, down five points from 2016.
Gallup also found in a separate August survey that congressional approval is also low, with 17 percent of Americans saying they approve of the job Congress is doing.
The surveys come as Republicans look to defend both houses of Congress from Democrats in November's midterm races, which are widely expected to be a referendum on President Trump's first two years in office.
- Julia Manchester