Belief That Congress is too Conservative Down Sharply Since Election Day

Thirty-three percent (33%) of voters now say Congress is too conservative according to a new national survey by That’s down sharply since Election Day when 44% thought Congress was more conservative than the nation as a whole.

Democrats picked up 40 seats in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections to gain majority control. That changed the Speaker of the House from a moderately conservative Republican Paul Ryan to a liberal Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

While there was a big decline in the number saying Congress is too conservative, the new survey shows no change in the number of Americans who now say Congress is too liberal. That number now stands at 36%, identical to the number found on Election Night.

Additionally, there is still no gender gap on this perception. Both 33% of men and 33% of women agree believe that Congress is too conservative. There was also no significant gender gap in the survey held a month ago (see question wording and crosstab results).

So far, these changes have not affected either party’s standing on the generic ballot. During a full week of polling from December 2-7, 2018, found that 43% of Registered Voters would vote for the Democrat from their district while 37% would vote for the Republican. That six-point advantage for the Democrats is unchanged from a week ago.

On the Generic Ballot, there is a double digit gender gap.

Overall, 36% of Americans approve of the way Congress is doing its job, 64% disapprove.

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This national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted December 9-10, 2018 by and HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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