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Many Voters Still Doubt Legitimacy of Town Hall Protests

Thursday, August 22, 2013

When members of Congress head home for August recess, most voters think they should use town hall meetings in their districts as a way to hear the views of their constituents.  But voters have mixed feelings about the motives behind those who speak out at these meetings.

Eighteen percent (18%) of Likely Voters have already attended or are likely to attend a town hall meeting with a congressman during this month’s recess, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Seventy-six percent (76%) haven’t or don’t plan on doing so. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 17-18, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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