(CNN) - Less than two in ten Americans approve of how Congress is handling its responsibilities, according to a new Gallup survey released Friday. This is a marked drop from just two months ago when Congress enjoyed an upswing in poll numbers following a frenetic lame duck session.
Approval numbers for Congress peaked in January, following mid-term elections, the passage of tax cuts, the START treaty, and a change in party majority in the House of Representatives.
And though the approval numbers for the House and Senate initially increased by 10 percentage points between December of last year and this February, those numbers have now fallen five points from 23 percent to 18 percent on Friday.
This is similar to the past two times there was a change in party control during 1995 and 2007, when the third month of a new Congress also brought plummeting approval numbers.
There's no difference between political parties when it comes to how adults view Congress' performance since two in ten Democrats say they approve of how Congress is doing and the same number of Republicans feel the same. Only fifteen percent of independents say they approve of Congress' performance.
The Gallup poll was conducted via telephone among 1,021 adults from March 3-6. The survey has a sampling error of plus-or-minus four percentage points.