President Trump more popular than Congress

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

The approval rating for Republican leaders in both chambers of Congress dropped sharply from about 39 percent in January to around 24 percent in August.

CBS reports that according to a new poll the American public is frustrated that Congress hasn't gotten "much done". Seven in 10 say they disapprove of Republican leaders in the legislature.

However, Only 24 percent of Americans judge the Republican dominated Congress a huge success.

Numerous respondents listed U.S. President Donald Trump, specifically, as the country's top problem, the latest Gallup poll showed. That figure holds across party lines, with only about one in five on each side saying they approve of Congress's work so far. "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)".

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If Trump and congressional Republicans proposed postponing the election to ensure only eligible citizens could vote, support from Republicans rises to 56 percent.

Congress is now on its August recess without any major legislative achievement. A 60 percent majority said it is a "good thing" the Senate failed to pass an ObamaCare repeal bill, 51 percent say they're "relieved", 47 percent are "happy", 38 percent "disappointed", and 19 percent "angry".

68% of those surveyed meanwhile dubbed the current Republican controlled congress a failure, a substantially higher proportion than those who said the same about Congress at this point in 2007 and 1995. Its failure to pass the health care overhaul bill largely contributed to its unpopularity. Just 39 percent of Americans now view the law unfavorably, compared to 44 percent last month.

Designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation, the poll was conducted from August 1 - 6 among a nationally representative random digit dial telephone sample of 1,211 adults. Most Democrats (70%) and independents (59%) favor the bi-partisan approach, though almost half of Republicans (49%) and Trump supporters (46%) want Republicans to continue pursuing their own plan to repeal and replace the law. The margin of sampling error is four percentage points.

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