Eight percent (8%) of voters believe Members of Congress are paid too little. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 69% believe they are paid too much and 23% are not sure.
The survey found that 27% were able to identify the legislator’s salary at approximately $174,000. Twenty-six percent (26%) believe they make less than that while 16% think they make more. Thirty-one percent (31%) are not sure.
Eleven percent (11%) of Democrats believe that those in Congress should be paid more. Sixty-three percent (63%) hold the opposite view. Among both Republicans and Independents, just 6% believe the legislators are paid too little while 73% think they are paid too much (see question wording and crosstab results).
Data released earlier showed that just 23% believe their own representative in Congress is the best person for the job. Fifty-three percent (53%) believe it is at least somewhat likely that their representative in Congress trades votes for cash.
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The new national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted February 1-2, 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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