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Gallup: Congress Approval Rating Still 16 Percent

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A new Gallup poll finds the approval rating in Congress is still at 16 percent. (AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 10:12 AM

Congress’ approval rating remains at 16 percent this month, despite President Donald Trump making a deal with Democrats to extend the debt ceiling, according to Gallup.

Although the deal was announced prior to the poll being conducted, it didn’t seem to do much to lift voter’s views on Congress after August, when its approval rating was also 16 percent, which Congress spent most of on recess. Congress last “peak,” according to Gallup, was in February when approval hit 28 percent.

"Congress has seen little major legislative success so far this year," writes Gallup’s Art Swift. "Legislation that has failed to make its way out of Congress includes a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, an infrastructure bill and funding for a wall along the United States' southern border. Congress now appears to be turning to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program, after Trump's announcement that he is giving Congress six months to come up with legislation addressing it; tax reform, and funding children's healthcare.

"Bills addressing DACA, tax reform and infrastructure could result in Americans rewarding Congress with higher approval ratings. But with partisanship now the norm in Congress, and little sign of it abating, it may be quite some time before Congress approval significantly improves."

Gallup surveyed 1,022 random adults living in the United States by phone from Sep. 6-10, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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Congress’ approval rating remains at 16 percent this month, despite President Donald Trump making a deal with Democrats to extend the debt ceiling, according to Gallup.
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