73% Believe Members of Congress Are Overpaid; 5% Say They Deserve More

Seventy-three percent (73%) of voters believe that Members of Congress are overpaid. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 5% hold the opposite view and believe that the legislators are underpaid. Twenty-two percent (22%) say their pay is about right.

Half (50%) of those who believe the legislators deserve more pay underestimate how much they are currently being paid.

Eighty percent (80%) of Republicans believe the elected politicians are paid too much. That view is shared by 74% of Independent voters and 65% of Democrats (see crosstab results).

Overall, the survey found that 26% think Members of Congress are paid less than the current level of $174,000 a year while 15% believe they are paid more. Twenty-nine percent (29%) estimate the right level and 29% are not sure.

The Washington Post has a different take on this issue. The paper’s editorial board asked “How can we expect Congress to deal with real issues if it can’t even give itself a raise?”

Many in Washington think people hate Congress but love their own representative. However, just 25% believe their own representative in Congress is the best person for the job. Only 17% believe most Members of Congress care what their constituents think.

Fifty-six percent (56%) believe their own representative in Congress probably trades votes for campaign contributions. Fifty-three percent (53%) believe they are likely to trade votes for bribes.

Eighty-one percent (81%) of voters support Term Limits.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted May 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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