Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters nationwide believe it is at least somewhat likely that their representative in Congress trades votes for cash. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that just 23% think that’s unlikely and 24% are not sure.
We used a split sample approach on this topic. Half of all survey respondents were asked if their representative in Congress traded votes for campaign contributions. The other half were asked if their representative traded votes for bribes. There were only modest differences in the results.
By a 55% to 20% margin, voters think it’s likely their representative trade votes for campaign contributions. By a 51% to 26% margin, voters think their own representative trades votes for bribes. The similarity of the results suggests that voters may see little difference between campaign contributions and bribes.
Men are modestly more distrustful than women on the question of campaign contributions. However, there is no gender gap on the question of bribes (see crosstab results).
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 2-3, 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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