Americans don’t like the Congresspeople of their own districts

Approval ratings of U.S. congress have been stuck at single digits or low double digits for years. However, Americans tend to like Congresspeople elected in their own districts and states more than they like Congress as a whole.

A recent Rasmussen poll found that that Congresspeople are quite unpopular even in their own districts:

[O]nly 25% of voters think their representative in Congress deserves reelection […]. Forty-one percent (41%) now say that representative does not deserve to be reelected, but 34% are undecided.

(This is still much better than Congress as a whole whose approval ratings are at 8%.)

Other findings from the poll:

70% think most [incumbents] get reelected because election rules are rigged in their favor, not because they do a good job representing their constituents.

[O]nly 14% of voters think most members of Congress care what their constituents think, and only slightly more (21%) believe their congressional representative cares what they think. These numbers, too, have been trending down over the last four-and-a-half years and are now at new lows.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) think most members of Congress don’t care what their constituents think, while 17% are not sure. Fifty-three percent (53%) say their representative doesn’t care what they think, but 26% are undecided.

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2 Responses

  1. And most Americans also believe that God created the earth in seven days and that dinosaurs and humans coexisted. The relevant statistic is not the numbers of voters who think their representative doesn’t care what they think, it’s the amount of time and effort that politicians take tracing their views.

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  2. Don’t blame the politicians. Blame the system. It expects them to do things that are impossible. To think it is just a matter of putting ordinary people into power is simplistic. You can only demand that people do what they know how to do. We ‘ll get good decisions only when the decisions in each area of policy are in the hands of the particular community that directly carries the can for those decisions. They must have the incentive to get right, not just to make it look good . Ordinary people can get to know enough about some particular field. But to expect anybody to be in a position to make sound decisions on every matter of public concern is ridiculous.
    The denigration of politicians is a strategy to weaken community involvement in matters of systemic importance in the interests of those who fear it.

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