A federal government shutdown would almost certainly do further damage to Americans' already negative view of the government.
Government leaders are talking more about bipartisanship in 2018, a development that would fit well with what Americans want their government to do.
Beginning in 2018, Gallup will start updating presidential job approval on a weekly basis, rather than on a daily basis.
Across 100 pieces published thus far, the Gallup Vault revisits historical Gallup data that help put the past and present into better perspective.
Americans view the new tax reform bill more negatively than positively, but 2018 will help determine if its tax cuts will turn those attitudes around.