Only 31% Would Run for Congress Even If They Had a Good Chance To Win
Monday, October 18, 2010
Suppose you knew that if you ran for Congress, you would have a reasonable chance of winning. Would you run?
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 31% of Americans say they would. A solid 61%, however, said they would not run, even if they knew they had a good chance of being elected. (To see survey question wording, click here).
Surprisingly, though, the divide narrows when one’s personal life is brought into the mix. Forty-four percent (44%) say they would run for Congress if they had a chance to win, even though details of their personal life would become public. Just slightly more (47%) say they would not run if their personal lives would be aired out in the process.
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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on October 13-14, 2010 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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