CNN Poll: Trump More Popular Than Congress

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But their problems extend beyond the Electoral College and the House: The Senate hasn't had such a strong pro-GOP bias since the ratification of direct Senate elections in 1913. "Plain and simple, electing more Trump Republicans like Jose Felix Diaz will devastate South Florida's middle-class", said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Johanna Cervone in a statement.

Although Democratic leaders in Congress have a higher approval rating, 34 percent, 59 percent - six in ten respondents - disapprove of the congressional Democrats' progress.

The rural vote goes to the GOP and the urban vote goes to the Democrats.

First, legislative - more specifically, health care.

During the primary, all three Republicans vying for the GOP nomination campaigned on their Trump connections to appeal to base voters with whom the president remains quite popular.

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And no, President Trump is not the greatest president since Lincoln. The rest are divided: Just over one in five said the GOP should both stop trying to repeal Obamacare completely (21%), and the same share said Republicans should keep trying to repeal it anyway (21%). So in 2008, for example, Barack Obama won the popular vote by 7.3 percentage points, but Democrats won the median House seat by 4.4 points - a pro-GOP bias of 2.9 points.

While third-party candidates have failed to win the presidency since the Civil War, many have had far more influence than is generally realized in tipping or coming close to tipping the outcome.

It seems highly unlikely that someone like Kasich, whose term as governor ends in 2019, could wrest the Republican nomination from Trump. That is the single most unpopular element of the health care law and might even garner support from across the aisle - even Democrats have admitted it needs changes. Independents favor Democrats by 9 points, 46% to 37%.

The poll was "based on telephone interviews conducted August 2-6, 2017, with a random sample of 1,017 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 USA states and the District of Columbia".

Americans in general have a 16 percent approval of Congress which is also a record low for 2017, a drop of four percentage points from the 20 percent Gallup recorded in July.

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