Democrats' trust in Congress surges amid Republican drop: Gallup

Democrats' trust in Congress surges amid Republican drop: Gallup
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Partisan trust in Congress has shifted in the past year, according to a new poll, with Democrats now saying they're more trusting of the legislative body and Republicans saying they’re less so. 

The Gallup poll released Wednesday found 45 percent of Democrats said they are trusting of Congress, a 12-point increase since 2018. 

The same poll found Republicans are less trusting of Congress than they were last year, with just 33 percent saying they’re trusting of the body, compared to 48 percent in 2018. 

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The poll also found a less-severe drop among independents — 33 percent of independents now trust Congress, compared to 39 percent last year.

The shift in trust comes as Democrats have gained control of the House. The Republicans maintained their majority in the Senate in last year's midterm elections. 

The current 12-point gap between parties is wider than it historically has been when Congress has divided party control, Gallup noted. 

The poll was conducted earlier this month, before Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles California GOP candidate arrested on stalking charges MORE (D-Calif.) announced the House would launch an official impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE amid allegations that Trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Trump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles MORE

The poll of 1,525 adults was conducted Sept. 3–15, with 70 percent by cellphone and 30 percent by landline. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.