The Senate is rapidly approving new judges while the House went all in on impeachment and ended up with nothing. If you’re going to feel good about something, you’re gonna feel good about people who are actually getting something done. At least once in a while.
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.
Republicans’ approval of congressional Republicans has jumped 13 points to 76% since October, but Democrats’ 65% approval of congressional Democrats is virtually unchanged from October.
This doesn’t bode well for Democrats either.
Dems need enthusiasm, especially of the fiscal kind, for their plans to take the Senate. A lot of that money is going to be swallowed up by the race for the White House. Republican approval is high, which means support is more likely to be forthcoming.
Sorry Chuck and Nancy. This may not be your century.