U.S. Congress - public approval rating 2019-2020

The most recent polling data from June 2020 puts the approval rating of the United States Congress at 25 percent. Congressional approval was at its lowest in July and August 2019, at 17 percent.

Congressional approval

Congressional approval, particularly over the past few years, has not been high. Americans tend to see Congress as a group of ineffectual politicians who are out of touch with their constituents. Despite the current Congress having the largest number of women and being the most diverse Congress in American history, very little has been done to improve the opinion of Americans regarding the legislative branch.

Ye of little faith

However, Americans tend not to have much confidence in institutions in the United States. While confidence in the military and small business is quite high, everything from the police to the medical system to organized labor are much more controversial. But even in this case, confidence in Congress continues to inspire very little confidence in the American public.

Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Congress is handling its job?

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Release date

June 2020


United States

Survey time period

June 2019 to June 2020

Number of respondents

about 1,000 interviewees each month

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

The missing percentage points to 100 percent are due to respondents who stated they had no opinion on the topic.

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