Gallup Poll Shows Higher Approval Rating For Congress

Gallup released a report on Monday showing recent gains in the approval rating for Congress.

In a poll conducted through phone interviews with 812 American adults from Sept. 1 through Sept. 16, 23 percent of respondents approved of Congress.

While the figure represents a modest increase from the 22 percent approval rating in August, Democrats have consistently made gains since June, when they reached their lowest point for the year at 16 percent.

The poll results reflect a number of recent legislative victories for Democrats. President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act on Aug. 16, initiating policies to address a range of issues, including climate change, healthcare, and corporate taxation.

Congress was also able to pass some bipartisan bills, including the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022.

The poll showed that the gains in approval rating were due to a dramatic increase in the number of Democrats that approve of the job Congress is doing. Between June/July and August/September, Democrats’ approval rose by 14 percent, from 25 to 39 percent.

Meanwhile, the poll showed that Republicans and Independents answered with similar approval ratings of Congress as the last poll, with 6 percent of Republicans approving of Congress and 22 percent of Independents.

Congress’ approval rating peaked in March 2021 at 36 percent.

Early polls show that Republicans are likely to retake the House of Representatives, but Democrats will retain control in the Senate. If they do, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stressed that it will be by a narrow margin.

“We’re likely to have a very, very close Senate still,” said McConnell.

In their report, Gallup stated that despite the gain in approval rating, Democrats have a tough road ahead in midterm elections.

“Low congressional approval, combined with a relatively unpopular president, weak economic confidence and little satisfaction with the direction of the U.S., is typically not a good sign for the president’s party,” reported Gallup. “Whether Democrats’ increased fervor about abortion, positivity about recent legislative victories, or concerns about former President Donald Trump will translate to better-than-expected results for their party remains to be seen.”