As the fall election season gets started, 43% of Registered Voters nationwide believe that Congress is more conservative than the nation’s political views. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 32% believe it is more liberal than than the nation.
A month ago, 38% said it was more conservative and 34% more liberal. It is too early to know whether this reflects an ongoing trend or something less significant.
Among those most likely to vote, the perception gap is even wider. Forty-seven percent (47%) of these voters believe Congress is more conservative than the nation it is supposed to serve. Just 30% believe it is more liberal (see question wording and results).
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Among all voters, 33% said that their Congressional vote will be to oppose the president while 32% said they want to support the president. A plurality (35%) says that the president is not a factor. Among those most likely to vote, 36% see their vote as a way to oppose the president while 32% want to support him. At this time, the Democrats have a 10-point advantage over the Republicans on the Generic Congressional Ballot.
On a more personal level, 31% believe their own representative in Congress is more conservative than they are while 23% believe their representative is more liberal.
This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted September 6-7, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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