Republicans rate congressional GOP’s job at lowest level in Gallup poll history

NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup's Frank Newport to talk about trends in U.S. opinion.

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Americans’ approval of the job Congress is doing is now at 13 percent — the lowest in over a year and indicating that any bump from GOP control of Congress and the White House has dissipated. Republicans are, in general, viewed as negatively as Democrats.

Rank-and-file Republicans across the country have the lowest opinion of the job the GOP is doing in Congress than at any point in Gallup’s polling history.

Democrats are much more positive about their leaders in Congress.

Roy Moore — famous for his insistence that a Ten Commandments monument remain in a federal building in Alabama — won the GOP nomination for Senate, raising the possibility that he will be elected. Gallup data show that Republicans pretty strongly agree that government should promote “traditional values” in society.

Democrats and independents disagree. But, overall, the percentage who want the government involved in values is down over time, less than half.

Worry about becoming a victim of a mass shooting? New data show that fear hasn’t changed from December 2015 after the San Bernardino attack; 39 percent of people surveyed say they are either very worried or somewhat worried about being shot.

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