A month before the midterm elections, 45% of Registered Voters nationwide believe that Congress is more conservative than the nation’s political views. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 31% believe it is more liberal than than the nation and 24% believe the legislature pretty accurately reflects the nation.
On a more personal level, the gap is much smaller. 29% believe their own representative in Congress is more conservative than they are while 24% believe their representative is more liberal.
This national survey of 999 Registered Voters was conducted October 4-5, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Those figures are little change from a month ago. However, two months ago, 38% said it was more conservative and 34% more liberal. The latest survey data was collected as the Kavanaugh confirmation process was coming to an end.
Among those most likely to vote, the perception gap is even wider. Fifty percent (50%) of these voters believe Congress is more conservative than the nation it is supposed to serve. Just 31% believe it is more liberal (see question wording and crosstab results).
At this time, the Democrats have an eight-point advantage over the Republicans on the Generic Congressional Ballot.
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