Fewer than four in 10 Americans can identify which political party controls the Senate and which controls the House, according to a Gallup pollreleased Monday.
The survey found that 36 percent of the public correctly said that Democrats control the Senate and that Republicans control the House. Among those registered to vote, 41 percent correctly named the party that controls each chamber.
There is virtually no difference between Republicans and Democrats on the question. Equal shares of both parties (38 percent) correctly identified each majority party in Congress, while nearly identical percentages were right about one of the chambers.
Familiarity with the House and the Senate is about the same in the poll. Nearly half the public (49 percent) named Democrats as the majority party in the Senate and half named Republicans (51 percent) as the dominant party in the House.
The findings are in line with an Annenberg Public Policy Center survey that showed 38 percent of Americans said Republicans control the House and the same share said Democrats control the Senate. That poll also showedthat just 36 percent of Americans could name the three branches of government.