Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters nationwide recognize that Democrats hold the majority in the House of Representatives at this time. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 20% mistakenly believe Republicans control the House, 4% think it’s evenly split, and 19% are not sure.
As for the Senate, 53% recognize that the GOP has majority control while 18% believe the Democrats are in charge.
These findings highlight how the nation’s political leaders have failed to connect with everyday Americans. Voters apparently see little relevance in the partisan dynamics that consume official Washington. That’s partly because 65% of voters believe almost all positive change in America begins outside of the nation’s political system. Additionally, 71% believe that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have had a bigger impact on the world we live in than the last eight presidents combined (eight men have served as president since Jobs and Gates founded Apple and Microsoft).
Another measure of the disconnect can be seen in the fact that one-out-of-four voters don’t think things would be all that different if Hillary Clinton was president instead of Donald Trump.
Collectively, these results help explain why so much of the political dialogue fails to engage voters. When speaking to the broader public, many in official Washington assume that everybody shares the knowledge and passion of political insiders.
Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Democrats know their party controls the House. Just 51% of Republicans know that fact.
However, 63% of Republicans are aware that their party controls the Senate. Only 47% of Democrats recognize that to be true.
Older voters have far more knowledge on this than the young. Among senior citizens, 74% know the Democrats control the House. As for those under 35, just 38% are aware. Nearly as many young voters (28%) think the GOP controls the House (see crosstab results).
Data released earlier showed that 72% of voters nationwide know that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a Democrat. Fifty-three percent (53%) know that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a Republican.
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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted June 1-2, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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