GOP approval rises, Democrats fall post-impeachment in Gallup poll

A new Gallup poll finds congressional Republicans with a higher approval rating than Democrats in the wake of President Trump’s impeachment and acquittal in the Senate.

Republicans get a 40 percent approval rating, compared to 35 percent for Democrats.

The Gallup poll found that since October, shortly after Democrats launched the impeachment inquiry, the approval rating for Republicans in the Gallup poll has gone up 6 points, from 34 percent to 40 percent. Democrats saw their approval rating fall over the same period from 38 percent to 35 percent. 

The disapproval rating in the Gallup poll for Democrats rose from 57 percent to 62 percent.

The findings are also significant — since Gallup began polling of lawmakers in 1999, Democrats have tended to have a higher approval rating than Republicans. 

Gallup wrote that the approval rating for Republicans has largely gone up because Republican and Republican-leaning respondents are giving them higher marks for their work.

Gallup also found that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had a 33 percent approval rating, the highest number he has achieved since the pollster started rating him in 2010. McConnell’s figures largely rose on the strength of Republicans, perhaps because they favored his handling of the impeachment fight. His rating among Republicans and Republican-leaning respondents rose 15 points. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) approval number remained roughly the same at 39 percent, though her unfavorable rating rose from 50 percent in October to 55 percent now. 

The Gallup poll was conducted Feb. 17–28 with a random sample of 1,020 adults living throughout the U.S. and was compared to data collected in October. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points and a 95 percent confidence level.

The House impeachment inquiry began in late September and went on into December, when the articles of impeachment were sent to the Senate. 

After a nearly three-week trial in the Senate, Trump was acquitted on both charges almost entirely along partisan lines.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the sole Republican who voted to convict Trump on one impeachment charge, found his general approval ratings remain the same, largely due to higher approval from Democrats surveyed and an equal dip in approval from Republicans.  

More Democrats give Romney a favorable rating than do Republicans in the Gallup survey.

Tags Donald Trump Gallup Joe Biden Mitch McConnell Mitt Romney Nancy Pelosi

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