U.S. Congress approval falls to 24%
The March rating is still higher than in any month from June 2011 through January 2017.
Approval of Congress increased by nine points in February to 28% after the new Republican Congress was sworn in and Donald Trump was inaugurated as president. Approval averaged 17% in 2016.
The highest level of approval in the past 10 years was 39% in March 2009, shortly after former President Barack Obama's inauguration and when the Democratic Party controlled Congress.
February's uptick in support for Congress stemmed from a surge in approval among Republicans.
This most likely reflected their hopefulness for Congress and the presidency as the nation's capital was turned over to Republicans after several years of divided government.
Likewise, the retreat of approval in March reflects a slight easing of Republican exuberance.
Still, Republicans retain a far more favorable view of the legislative branch than Democrats do. Based on the March 1-5 poll, 43% of Republicans approve of Congress, while only 12% of Democrats and 22% of independents say the same. ■