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 PelosiPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor Pelosi, Democrats using coronavirus to push for big tax cuts for blue state residents US watchdog vows 'aggressive' oversight after intel official fired MORE (D-Calif.) announced the House would launch an official impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE amid allegations that Trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report Sunday shows preview: As coronavirus spreads in the U.S., officials from each sector of public life weigh in Trump defends firing of intel watchdog, calling him a 'disgrace' 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.