Bad news for Congress: Fewer voters think their rep. should be re-elected


A new Rasmussen survey has some bad news for Congress.

Congress needs to straighten up its act, and individual members of Congress better hustle to regain the confidence of their constituents, according to the results of a new Rasmussen survey showing only one-out-of-three likely voters is pleased with their present member of Congress.

Rasmussen reported Thursday that “only 18% of Likely U.S. Voters rate the way Congress is doing its job as good or excellent. Fifty-one percent (51%) say it’s doing a poor job.”

Making matters worse, the numbers really haven’t changed much over the past year. In February, Rasmussen revealed that 21 percent of likely voters rated Congress’ performance as good or excellent. At that time, 51 percent thought Congress was doing a poor job, so the needle hasn’t moved a bit.

Six months ago, Rasmussen said “Just 31% of all voters think their representative in Congress is the best possible person for the job. Forty-three percent (43%) disagree, while 26% are not sure. Thirty-seven percent (37%) say their local representative in Congress deserves to be reelected. But slightly more (40%) don’t share that assessment, with 22% who are undecided.”

This time around, only 35 percent of voters think their current representative deserves to be re-elected. Forty-two percent disagree, and a whopping 23 percent aren’t sure. That’s a lot of indecision; nearly one-in-four likely voters isn’t sure their congressional representative should earn another term.

Discontent isn’t just limited to Congress. The Hill is reporting, “Voters growing weary after months of the coronavirus pandemic are increasingly critical of their governors, especially in states where those governors raced to reopen the economy and are now suffering a surge in new cases.”

The Hill was quoting the results of a survey conducted by researchers at Harvard, Rutgers and Northwester universities which found “Americans in 44 states now have a lower opinion of the way their governor is handling the coronavirus outbreak than they did in April, at the height of the first wave of the pandemic.”

Republican governors who moved quickly to re-open their economies are getting low marks because of spikes in the COVID-19 reports, while governors who have hesitated and gone slower are getting higher marks, The Hill reported.

This poll was conducted over a two-week period this month. It contacted more than 19,000 adults across all 50 states.

In more than two-thirds of the states, approval ratings of governors dropped by more than 10 percentage points, The Hill noted.

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