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President Trump more popular than Congress

President Trump more popular than Congress

Republican approval of Congress was at a high of 50 percent after President Trump's inauguration in February but gradually fell in the months following.

One in five Americans cited the federal government as the most important problem facing the United States, down five percentage points from June but still elevated amid the tension between the White House and Congress, according to a new poll released Thursday.

Only 24% of Americans said they approved of the way the Republican leaders in Congress are handling their jobs. Seven in 10 say they disapprove of Republican leaders in the legislature.

Numerous respondents listed U.S. President Donald Trump, specifically, as the country's top problem, the latest Gallup poll showed.

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It is also a significant departure from the 30 percent GOP approval for Congress from April to July. Even three quarters of people who approve of Trump say they disapprove of Congress (76%) and a plurality (48%) says the GOP-led legislature has been a failure. "At a minimum, they show that a substantial number of Republicans are amenable to violations of democratic norms that are more flagrant than what is typically proposed (or studied)". Democratic-leaning independents gave their leaders in Congress a 50% pass mark while Republican-leaning independents say their leaders in Congress have performed below average with a 39 percent approval rating.

Congress left for its August recess without passing any sweeping, comprehensive legislation, failing in its attempt to pass something on health care and leaving tax reform on the docket. The rest are sharply divided on the issue; while one in five Americans say Republicans should stop in their determination to repeal and replace Obamacare, the same share also says Republicans should relent in their efforts to get the Obama law overhauled.

Almost three-quarters of the people disapprove the manner Congress has been conducting its business, and just 20 percent of Americans gave the approval marks.

Meanwhile, 17 percent of Americans called healthcare the most important problem, essentially unchanged from 16 percent last month. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the full sample.


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