Two new polls, one from Gallup and the other from Rasmussen, show that public support of Congress is less than half that for President Donald Trump.
Gallup reported Thursday that “Congressional job approval declined to 20% in April, eight points lower than the seven-year high reached in February after Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. The drop was driven mainly by a loss of support among Republicans, whose approval fell from 50% two months ago to 31% in April.”
Friday saw Rasmussen Reports noted that its popular Daily Presidential Tracking Poll shows 48 percent of likely voters approve of Trump’s performance, while 52 percent disapprove. This includes 30 percent who strongly approve and 42 percent who strongly disapprove.
Still, the results of both polls suggests that Trump is doing a better job than people on Capitol Hill.
Thursday’s use of a MAOB strike against ISIS in eastern Afghanistan did not seem to drive up the president’s numbers overnight, but it might take more than a day for the public to fully digest the fact that this president is considerably more prone to act decisively, and allow his generals to do likewise, than his predecessor.
As for Congress, the Gallup survey revealed, “the current percentage of Republicans who approve of Congress is still higher than at any point from September 2007 to February of this year. Republicans — whose party controls both the Senate and the House of Representatives — remain more likely than Democrats to approve of Congress, but the gap between the two parties has diminished from 39 percentage points in February to 21 points now.”
As might be expected, Gallup noted, “Democrats generally had been more likely than Republicans to approve of Congress after 2007, when the Democratic Party took control of the House and Senate. Democrats tended to be more supportive even after the GOP regained control of the House in 2011 and the Senate in 2015, perhaps because Barack Obama was still president and the GOP majority was able to accomplish little of their agenda.”
Now, however, all brakes could be off. That much was evident with the rancor during the confirmation process of newly-appointed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
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