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New poll shows a majority of Americans have a “poor” approval rating of congress

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FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer talk during a ceremony to present the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino veterans of the Second World War on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo

Less than one in five voters approve of the job Congress is doing and a majority rate its performance as poor, according to Rasmussen Reports’ poll results released on the 13th of April.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 21% of likely U.S. voters rate Congress’ job as good or excellent. Fifty-four percent say Congress is doing a poor job. In regular surveying by Rasmussen Reports since 2007, the most positive year for Congress’ approval was in 2017, when the positive rating reached 25%. Poor ratings were between 60% and 70% from 2011 through 2014. Currently, 31% believe their representative in Congress is the best possible person for the job, while 43% disagree and 26% are not sure. Rasmussen Reports conducted this survey with 1,000 likely voters on April 5th and 6h of 2021.

The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3% with a 95% level of confidence. Pulse Opinion Research, LLC conducts all the field work for Rasmussen Reports. Only 21% of voters believe most members of Congress care about what their districts and states think, 59% disagree, and 20% are not sure. This is an improvement from 2018, where only 16% of voters said most members of Congress care about what their districts and states think. Democrats have a higher opinion of Congress than do other voters. Thirty-eight percent of Democrats approve of Congress, compared to 9% of Republicans, and 15% of unaffiliated. Thirty-four percent of Democrats disapprove of Congress’ job, compared to 70% of Republicans, and 60 of unaffiliated voters. Voters under 40 give better ratings than older voters do, with 66% of voters aged 65 and older saying Congress is doing a poor job.

Black voters also have a higher opinion of Congress than whites or other minority voters. Men are more likely than women voters to say their representative in Congress is the best possible person for the job. Men are more likely than women to say most members of Congress care about what their district or state thinks. President Joe Biden’s strongest supporters have a higher opinion of Congress than do other voters. Among voters who strongly approve of President Biden’s job performance, 37% approve of Congress’ performance, while 24% disapprove of Congress’ performance.

Among those who strongly disapprove of Biden’s performance, 2% approved of Congress’ job performance, while 87% disapproved. Republican voters don’t feel well represented with Biden as president and both houses of Congress being controlled by the Democrats, not even with their own party’s Congress members. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who has spent a little more than two years in Congress, is widely disliked by voters, who prefer House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the leader of the Congressional Democrats. Congressional approval ratings, in Rasmussen Reports surveys, have always been very poor and will continue to be so.

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ARTICLE: JACOB ZUBY

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