More Americans Favor Republicans, Mitch McConnell After Impeachment, New Poll Shows

More Americans favor congressional Republicans and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the aftermath of President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial, according to a new poll.

The poll shows that congressional Republicans' approval rating since Trump's trial, where he was acquitted on February 5 of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges by the Republican-controlled Senate, increased in February by 6 percentage points to 40 percent. Last October, before the trial, their approval was at 34 percent. In addition, the poll found that approval of congressional Democrats has decreased by 3 points since the trial, going from 38 percent in October 2019 to 35 percent last month.

The Gallup poll asked 1,020 American adults 18 and older a number of different questions about their views of Republican and Democrats in Congress. The poll was conducted by phone and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The poll also looked at Americans' views of congressional Democrats and Republicans based on the political parties they belong to or lean toward.

In October 2019, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents gave a 63 percent approval rating to congressional Republicans. The rating has increased by 13 percentage points since the impeachment trial, to 76 percent, the new poll shows.

On the other hand, congressional Republicans had a 6-point drop in their approval rating from Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, from 13 percent in October 2019 to 7 percent last month.

The poll also gave approval ratings of Democrats in Congress from Republicans and Democrats. The rating by Republicans and Republican-leaning independents showed a 2-point decrease, going from 8 percent in October 2019 to 6 percent in February 2020. Approval of congressional Democrats from Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents showed a 1-point increase, from 64 percent in October 2019 to 65 percent in February 2020.

In addition to congressional Republicans receiving an increased approval rating from Americans, McConnell's favorability has increased since the impeachment trial. In October 2019, the majority leader had an overall favorable rating of 27 percent from U.S. adults, which increased by 6 points to 33 percent in February 2020.

McConnell's favorability rating also changed among Americans with a preferred party. His October rating was 47 percent among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. That increased to 62 percent in February.

Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents gave a decreased favorability rating for McConnell last month, 8 percent, down from 11 percent in October.

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A new Gallup poll shows that Americans' approval of both congressional Republicans and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has increased since President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Mark Wilson/Getty