Embarrassing poll: Most voters think politicians care more about media than voters

Do politicians such as Sen. Charles Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi care more about what the media thinks than what their constituents think? A new Rasmussen survey suggests that is the case. (Screen snip, YouTube, Fox News)

A new Rasmussen survey has some embarrassing overtones for members of Congress, as 59 percent of likely voters “believe that what the media thinks matters more to the average member of Congress than what their constituents think.”

Furthermore, the poll—conducted June 22-23 from among 900 likely voters—found that 62 percent of voters “believe most members of Congress don’t care what their constituents think, and only 21% think most Congress members do care what their constituents think. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure.”

Surprisingly, Rasmussen learned from this survey that voters are “more likely to believe their own representatives care about their opinions.”

All politics is local, according to the late Congressman Tip O’Neill, so this survey result might spell bad news for some politicians who spend more time at Washington, D.C. fundraisers than they do at town hall gatherings in their home districts.

There is a party line breakdown that holds no surprises. According to Rasmussen, Democrats (41%) are more likely than Republicans (34%) or Independents (26%) to believe their representative in Congress cares what they think.

Also, “Democrats (36%) are more likely than Republicans (29%) or unaffiliated voters (18%) to believe that what constituents think matters more to the average member of Congress than what the media thinks,” Rasmussen reported.

But that’s not the only bad news for Capitol Hill pols, at least those on the Democrat side of the aisle. A separate Rasmussen poll found that 55 percent of likely voters “support forensic audits of election results to ensure there was no vote fraud.”

Meanwhile, 29 percent oppose such audits and 17% are not sure, Rasmussen said.

And there is more. The survey said 41 percent of voters “still don’t believe that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election fairly.”

The survey comes as Arizona’s Republican-controlled state senate is wrapping up an audit of more than 2 million votes in Maricopa County.

“Supporters of former President Donald Trump have raised doubt about the results in Maricopa County, which Biden won by about 45,000 votes, larger than his 11,000-vote statewide margin,” Rasmussen noted.

But a fair number of people don’t like raising questions about election results.

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“In the new survey,” Rasmussen revealed, “Democrats (56%) are more likely than Republicans (47%) or unaffiliated voters (38%) to believe that expressing doubt about the outcome of elections undermines democracy in America.”

Meanwhile, Rasmussen said “men (53%) are more likely than women (43%), and whites (51%) are more likely than blacks (45%) or other minorities (41%), to believe that expressing doubt about the outcome of elections undermines democracy in America.

“Younger voters are more supportive than their elders of auditing election results,” the survey found. “Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters under 40 support audits of election results to ensure that there was no vote fraud, compared to 52% of voters ages 40-64 and 49% of those 65 and older.”

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