A global pandemic, economic turmoil and nationwide protests are combining to give Congress plenty to work on over the last four months in Washington D.C. Now, as the country enters August with each of these problems still plaguing the country, job approval ratings for the House and Senate are unsurprisingly at yearly lows.
In a new survey from Gallup, just 18 percent of U.S. adults have a favorable opinion of Congress and the job they’re currently doing. That’s the lowest it’s been since September of 2019, when Congress’ job approval hovered below 20 percent for several months.
Congress’ approval has plummeted since May, when it reached a yearly high of 31 percent following stimulus relief packages passed in April. It quickly dropped to 25 percent in June, however, and has only continued to spiral as Americans’ perception of Congress is one of indecision and bitter partisanship.
Democrats’ approval rating has fallen at nearly double the rate of Republicans’ since May, dropping from 39 percent to 20 percent in three months. Republicans’ approval rating, while falling at a slower rate, has gone from 24 percent to an abysmal 14 percent since May.
President Donald Trump’s approval rating, according to Gallup, has remained steady at around 40 percent since May, when it dropped dramatically from 49 percent to below 40 percent.
With historically low congressional and presidential approval ratings, tension and anticipation for the November elections are building even faster.