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Monday, July 11, 2016

What America Thinks: Can You Talk to Congress?

Voters hate Congress. That’s not anything new. They haven’t been happy with the way Congress has been doing its job for years. They're only slightly more charitable when it comes to their local congressional representative. So what does America think about the people it sends to Congress?

Within the past year, no more than 13% of voters have said Congress is doing a good or excellent job. During that same period, just one-in-four at most have said their local representative in Congress is the best person for the job.

Only roughly a third think their representative deserves to be reelected, down from a high of 40% five years ago. But voters also understand that the power of incumbency - and money - help members of Congress hold onto their seats election after election. 61% think most members of Congress are willing to sell their vote for cash or a campaign contribution and think it’s likely their own representative has, too.

Voters have long believed that members of Congress don't care what they think anyway. Just 11% think the average member of Congress listens to the voters he or she represents. Most think they listen to party leaders in Congress, instead.

No wonder just 41% of voters think elections in America are fair today.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.