A new poll offers good news for Republicans.
The American people give Republicans in Congress higher approval ratings than the Democrats.
Could this translate into the GOP retaking the House of Representatives this fall?
Approval of U.S. Congressional Republicans Tops Democrats
More Americans approve of the job congressional Republicans are doing than of congressional Democrats’ performance — 40% vs. 35%. The rating for Republicans in Congress has risen six percentage points since late October, before the impeachment of President Donald Trump in the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the same period, congressional Democrats’ approval rating has edged down three points and disapproval has climbed five points, from 57% to 62%.
In general, congressional Democrats have historically had slightly higher job approval ratings than congressional Republicans. The average approval rating since 1999, when Gallup began periodically tracking both, is 41% for the Democrats in Congress and 35% for the Republicans in Congress. Yet, Republicans have edged out Democrats a number of times over the 21-year trend.
The latest readings for these measures, from a Feb. 17-28 poll, are Gallup’s first since the Dec. 18 impeachment of Trump in the U.S. House of Representatives and his subsequent acquittal in the U.S. Senate on Feb. 5. The votes in the House and Senate broke largely along party lines, with only a few exceptions. This split is similarly reflected in rank-and-file partisans’ approval ratings of Republicans and Democrats in Congress.
Could this also have something to do with impeachment?
The Hill reports:
GOP approval rises, Democrats fall post-impeachment in Gallup poll
A new Gallup poll finds congressional Republicans with a higher approval rating than Democrats in the wake of President Trump’s impeachment and acquittal in the Senate.
Republicans get a 40 percent approval rating, compared to 35 percent for Democrats.
The Gallup poll found that since October, shortly after Democrats launched the impeachment inquiry, the approval rating for Republicans in the Gallup poll has gone up 6 points, from 34 percent to 40 percent. Democrats saw their approval rating fall over the same period from 38 percent to 35 percent…
Gallup wrote that the approval rating for Republicans has largely gone up because Republican and Republican-leaning respondents are giving them higher marks for their work.
Democrats can only blame themselves for this.
They’ve done nothing but chase impeachment for months.