Congressional approval reaches highest point of year, at 23 percent: Gallup

The lowest approval rating for Congress this year was at 16%

Updated: September 26, 2022 - 10:23am

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Americans' approval of Congress has reached its highest point this year at 23%, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. 

The September poll saw a one-point increase in the congressional approval rating from August. The lowest approval rating for Congress this year was 16% in June. 

Americans' disapproval rating for Congress is at 75%, less than two months before the midterm elections. 

The highest approval rating for the 117th Congress was in March 2021, at 36%. 

The congressional approval rating rose among Democrats over the summer by 14 percentage points, reaching 39% in August and September. This occurred after the Democrat-controlled Congress passed several bills including the Inflation Reduction Act and expanded healthcare for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits. 

Just 6% of Republicans and 22% of independents approve of Congress. 

The poll was a survey of 812 U.S. adults and conducted from Sept. 1-16.