(CNSNews.com) - The percentage of U.S. resident adults who say when surveyed that they approve of the way Congress is handling its job increased from July to August, rising from 13 percent to 18 percent, according to a Gallup poll published today.
The increase occurred at a time when both the House and Senate have suspended regular business and members have largely left Washington, D.C. Neither chamber has held a roll-call vote since July 14.
"The rating in August ties with the highest measured in 2016 so far," Gallup said in an analysis by Justin McCarthy. "Aproval of the institution has been below 20 percent in most of Gallup's monthly measures since February 2010."
To determine the job approval of Congress, Gallup asks U.S. residents 18 and older: “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?” The latest survey was conducted Aug. 3-7. The previous survey—in which 13 percent said they approved of the way Congress was handling its job--was conducted July 13-17.