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survey says

Congress is the most popular it's been since 2009

Congress is enjoying a spike in popularity in the early days of the Trump administration, a new Gallup survey finds, hitting its highest national approval rating — 28 percent — since 2009. January's one-month increase of 9 percent approval is also the largest single-month growth in the last eight years.

Predictably, the Republican-controlled Congress is most popular among Republicans, 50 percent of whom say they approve of the job Congress is currently doing. Still, independents are feeling 8 percent more positive about Congress than they did a month ago, while Democrats feel 8 percent less positive, expressing just 11 percent approval.

The 29 percent overall approval rate almost matches Gallup's historical average of 30 percent.