03/27/2013 08:13 am ET Updated Mar 27, 2013

Congress Favorability Higher Among Latinos: Poll

Favorability ratings for Congress are still in the tank, but among Latinos it has gained some support as immigration reform talks take place there, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday.

A majority of Latinos -- 56 percent -- had a favorable view of Congress, up from about 35 percent who held such a view in November 2011. That could be in part thanks to work on immigration reform, an issue most Latino voters support and place high on their list of priorities.

The public as a whole is closer to the stance of Latinos in 2011: As of Wednesday's poll, only 30 percent of Americans saw Congress in a positive light.

That even 30 percent of Americans view Congress favorably is somewhat surprising given another ABC News/Washington Post poll earlier this month that found only 16 percent approval for the body as a whole, although each party in Congress received higher ratings when singled out.

President Barack Obama and the Supreme Court fared better in public perception. Although the president's job approval has dropped to 50 percent, 57 percent of Americans view him favorably, according to the most recent poll.

The Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, was viewed positively by 55 percent of Americans, even though some of its recent rulings have been divisive.

The poll was conducted from March 20 to March 24 by landline and cell phone calls to 1,014 adults. There is a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points.



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