32% Think Congress Somewhat Likely To Address Key Issues Before 2020 Election

Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters nationwide believe it is at least somewhat likely that Congress will successfully address the major issues facing the nation before the 2020 election. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 57% consider it unlikely.

Those figures include 12% who think Congress is Very Likely to successfully address the issues before the next election and 27% who think it’s Very Unlikely.

Younger voters are far more optimistic than their elders. Among those under 35, 44% believe it’s at least somewhat likely that Congress will address the issues. Among senior citizens, just 23% hold such hopes (see crosstab results).

Other data shows that 65% of voters recognize that just about all positive change in America begins outside of politics and government.

The current survey also found that 40% of voters believe Congress is more conservative than the nation at large while 38% believe it is more liberal. A  month ago, 33% said too conservative and 36% too liberal.

Twenty-nine percent (29%) believe their own representative in Congress is more conservative than they are while 26% say more liberal. Twenty-eight percent (28%) don’t know and 14% believe their representative’s views are similar to their own.

One of the first challenges for the new Congress is to address the partial government shutdown. There appears little urgency on the topic so far. Partly that’s because 76% of voters have hardly noticed the shutdown. Half (50%) expect it to last a few more weeks.

Forty-one percent (41%) of voters believe that federal workers furloughed by the shutdown should be encouraged to look for jobs in the private sector. Twenty-seven percent (27%) disagree.

ScottRasmussen.com releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email. 

We also provide daily updates on the president’s job approval and the generic congressional ballot. It’s all part of our mission to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us).

Please follow our work on TwitterFacebook, and YouTube.

The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 2-3, 2018 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.

Neither Scott Rasmussen nor ScottRasmussen.com has any relationship with Rasmussen Reports® (see About Us).

Posted in Poll Results

Scott's Newsletter
Sign up for Scott's newsletter and get his political insight delivered right to your inbox!