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Congress Has 14% Approval Rating, Republican Members Sightly More Popular than Democrats

A recent poll of 1500 adults conducted by The Economist and YouGov found that Congress as a whole has an approval rating of a dismal 14%, with Democratic Party elected officials having an approval rating of 31% and Republican Party elected officials weighing in at 32% approval by those who participated in the sample.

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The poll was conducted October 14-16th. "Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the way that the United States Congress is handling its job?" TheEconomist/YouGov asked. 3% said they "strongly" approved while 11% said they "somewhat "approved. By comparison, 19% said they "somewhat" disapprove and 35% said they "strongly disapprove."

Along party lines, the poll asked, "Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the following groups in Congress?" 10% of those polled said they had a "very favorable" opinion of Democrats and 21% said they had a "somewhat" favorable opinion. Likewise, just 9% of those polled had a "very favorable" opinion of Republicans but 23% said they found the party "somewhat favorable." 

Both parties in Congress were found to be "somewhat" or "very" unfavorable by 51%. But, it should be noted that When asked about the Democratic Party vs. the Republican Party as a whole, more voters approved of the Democrats. 

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President Trump, however, has an approval rating of 41% with a disapproval rating of 48%. Another interesting aspect of the poll is that 50% of Americans believe that President Trump is a "somewhat" or "very" strong leader while the other 50% find him to be a "somewhat" or "very" weak leader. 

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