Congressional job approval at two-year high: Gallup

Congressional job approval at two-year high: Gallup
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The American public's approval of Congress reached a two-year high, according to the results of a new Gallup poll.

The poll released Tuesday found that 26 percent of respondents approve of Congress's job performance, the highest mark since February 2017, when 28 percent said they approved.

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Approval ratings have historically been low for Congress. According to Gallup, the average approval rating for Congress has been 30 percent since 1974.

Since President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE took office, the approval rating for Congress has ranged from a low of 13 percent to a high of 28 percent. 

Tuesday's poll found that Democrats are more likely than Republicans to approve of Congress, with 30 percent of Democratic respondents and 18 percent of Republican respondents approving. Twenty-seven percent of independents polled said they approve of Congress, according to Gallup.

Gallup noted that Democratic approval has surged since Democrats regained control of the House following last year's midterm elections.

The poll's results are based on telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,039 adults between March 1 and March 10. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.