New polling indicates that the majority of Americans believe Congress has been a failure since GOP lawmakers gained full control in 2015. A plurality of respondents attributed the gridlock in Congress to internal dysfunction within the Republican Party.
On Aug. 10, a CNN/SSRS survey found that only 20 percent of national adults were satisfied with the overall job performance of Congress while 75 percent disapproved, CNN reports.
The data indicated that Americans were more disappointed in Republicans than Democrats, although both parties received low grades. Twenty-four percent of respondents approved of GOP leaders in Congress while 71 percent disapproved. Meanwhile, 34 percent of respondents approved of Democratic leadership while 59 percent disapproved.
Following the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans gained a slim majority in the Senate and bolstered their majority in the House. The nationwide election victories marked the first time that the GOP controlled both chambers of Congress since 2006, according to The Hill.
Since January 2015, Republicans have controlled Congress. The survey found that 68 percent of national adults believed that the GOP Congress had been a failure while only 24 percent deemed the majority a success.
Republican respondents were evenly split on their party's steering of both chambers, with 45 percent deeming the GOP majority a success and 45 percent viewing them as an overall failure.
The poll found that 38 percent of respondents believed that disagreement among Republicans was the primary reason that Congress had not passed more bills in 2017. Twenty-six percent of respondents attributed the gridlock to President Donald Trump's leadership while 25 percent laid the blame on Democratic opposition.
On Aug. 7, the Senate Majority Leader, GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said that Trump shared the responsibility for the Republican Party's stalled legislative agenda, such as their foiled attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
"Part of the reason, I think that the story line is that we haven't done much is because, in part, the president and others have set these early timelines about things need to be done by a certain point," McConnell said, according to ABC News.
McConnell asserted that Trump "had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process."
On Aug. 9, Trump took to social media to refute McConnell's statement and question why the GOP majority in Congress had not repealed the ACA.
"Senator Mitch McConnell said I had 'excessive expectations,' but I don't think so," Trump tweeted out. "After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?"
The survey found that 56 percent of national adults wanted GOP lawmakers to work with Democrats to improve the ACA. And 21 percent of respondents wanted the GOP majority to continue their efforts to repeal the health care law while 21 percent wanted them to just move on to other issues.