Congressional Approval Hits 2022 High Of 23% As Republicans Seek To Retake House And Senate

A new Gallup poll released on Monday shows that the approval rate for Congress has hit a new high for 2022 at a still-dismal 23%. That marks an increase of a single percentage point over the number from August.

The lowest figure for the year was the 16% approval reported in June. The highest Congressional approval rating since the 2020 election was 36%, recorded in March 2021.

As Election Day for the critical midterms approaches on November 8, the disapproval rating for Congress came in at 75%.

Among Democrats, the approval rating for Congress was 39% in both August and September. The rating shot up by around 14 points after Democrats enacted some laws favored by progressives and liberals, including Joe Biden’s so-called “Inflation Reduction Act.”

Only 6% of Republicans said they approve of the job Congress is doing and among the critical independent voters, the approval came in at 22%.

The GOP has been building momentum in some of the key races among the 435 contests for the House seats up for grabs for the next two years in November. Either party must take 218 House seats to secure a majority that will be able to steer critical legislation and conduct investigations into government corruption for the remaining two years of the Biden administration.

RealClearPolitics currently projects exactly 218 seats as either “safe,” “likely,” or “leaning” to the GOP. Democrats have 185 seats in those categories. That leaves 32 races currently rated as “tossups.” Of those, 6 are shown with Republicans leading by slim margins.

In the Senate, seats that are either not up for election this year or are “safe,” “likely,” or “leaning” either way, Republicans lead Democrats 47 to 46, with 7 races considered tossups. Republicans must reach 51 seats to gain control of the Senate, while Democrats only need 50 since they also hold the tie-breaking vote that belongs to Vice President Kamala Harris.

A Rasmussen Reports poll published last Friday shows that Republicans currently hold a two percentage point lead in the generic ballot for Congress. The survey of likely voters around the nation asked who respondents would choose from a generic Republican candidate and a generic Democrat.

The poll showed that 44% of respondents favored the GOP candidate and 42% would go Democrat. Only 5% would vote for a third-party candidate and 9% said they are still not sure how they would vote.

Republicans increased their support in the generic ballot poll over the previous week by one point, when they led Democrats 43% to 42%.