A ScottRasmussen.com poll conducted on election night and the morning after found that 44% of Registered Voters believe Congress is more conservative than the nation it is to represent. The national survey found that 36% believe it is more liberal than than the nation and 20% believe the legislature pretty accurately reflects the nation.
Those figures are little changed from a month ago. However, back in August, 38% said it was more conservative and 34% more liberal. In other words, the perception that Congress was too conservative grew during the fall campaign season.
ScottRasmussen.com will continue to track these perceptions on a monthly basis. It will be interesting to see if and how these numbers shift as the Democrats assume control of Congress.
This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted November 6-7, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
The perception that Congress was too conservative was broadly similar among people of all ages and there was no gender gap on the question. There was, however, a partisan divide. Fifty-one percent (51%) of Republican voters believe Congress is more liberal than the nation while 62% of Democrats believe it is more conservative. Independent voters were more evenly divided–38% said too liberal and 42% more conservative (see question wording and crosstab results).
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