Americans Give Up On Congress

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( – Americans are increasingly losing hope that the US Congress would be capable of solving the nation’s top problems, a new public opinion poll has found.

More than half of US voters are skeptical about Congress’s ability to fix the most critical issues the nation faces, the latest survey by Rasmussen discovered, as cited by Newsmax.

Besides the 57% who believe that, 64% of Americans are convinced that most Congress members “don’t care” about their constituents’ thoughts.

Only 22% of the respondents believe that most members of Congress pay attention to what their constituents think.

The pollster found that supporters of Democrat President Joe Biden express greater expectations for the US Congress.

Thus, more than half – or 55% – of voters who approve strongly of the president’s job performance also deem it likely or somewhat likely that Congress will manage to address America’s most significant challenges seriously.

However, only about a quarter – or 27% – of those who express strong disapproval of Biden’s work also consider Congress capable of fixing the nation’s top issues.

The survey also explicitly polled Democrats and Republicans, finding that 53% of the former have high hopes that the US Congress will successfully tackle the country’s main problems.

In contrast, only 35% of Republicans and 33% of independent voters express such belief.

Democrats also have the highest share of voters who think most Congress members care about their constituents’ concerns, at 35%.

Among Republicans and independents, the share is 18% and 14%, respectively.

When asked about their specific congressional representative, 46% of Democrats, 33% of Republicans, and 25% of independents say that they “care what they think.”

According to the poll, 34% of black Americans and 33% of other minorities believe most Congress members are concerned with their constituents’ thoughts. However, only 17% of white Americans believe that.

Among income demographics, Americans making over $200,000 a year are the least likely to believe that Congress would seriously tackle the top problems of the United States.

At the same time, those earning under $30,000 a year are most likely to believe their member of Congress cares about their thoughts.

The Rasmussen Reports survey polled 900 voters throughout the United States between December 28 and December 30, 2022.

The survey has a margin of error of 3 percentage points, with a 95% confidence level.

It was conducted for Rasmussen by Pulse Opinion Research.