One of the great myths in official Washington is that voters hate Congress but love their own representative in Congress. However, a ScottRasmussen.com survey found that just 23% of voters actually think their own representative is the best person for the job. Thirty-eight percent (38%) believe others in the District are more qualified while 40% are not sure.
These views are held widely across partisan and demographic lines. However, political independents are somewhat less likely than either Republicans or Democrats to believe their own representative is the best person for the job. Political moderates are a bit less likely than either conservatives or liberals to hold that view (see question wording and crosstab results).
The survey also found that 29% believe their own representative is more liberal than they are while 28% say more conservative. Fifteen percent (15%) think they are represented by someone with similar views while 28% are not sure.
Data released earlier showed that only 33% of voters believe it is even somewhat likely that Congress will successfully address the nation’s major issues prior to the next election. Only 14% believe it is Very Likely to do so.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted February 1-2, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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