Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters know that there are more members of the House of Representatives than U.S. Senators. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 14% incorrectly believe there are more Senators while 33% are not sure.
Seventy-three percent (73%) of senior citizens knew the correct answer. That number is just 44% among voters under 50 (see crosstab results).
These numbers are hardly surprising given the disconnect between the nation’s political leaders and the American people. Both Representatives and Senators are distant figures whom voters believe probably trade votes for cash.
All respondents were then told that there are two U.S. Senators for every state and the number of Representatives is determined by population. Forty-six percent (46%) believe that approach makes sense while 27% disagree.
But, there are broader questions about the value of geographic representation. Seventy percent (70%) believe they are more likely to be fairly represented by someone who shares your views on most issues rather than by someone who happens to represent their district.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 12-13, 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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