28% Think Congress Likely to Address Key Issues Before Election 2020

Just 28% now believe it is even somewhat likely that Congress will successfully address the major issues facing the nation before the 2020 elections. That’s up two points from a month ago but down four from two months ago (see topline trends).

A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 63% consider meaningful Congress action unlikely, including 33% who say not at all likely.

Thirty-two percent (32%) of Democrats believe it is possible Congress might address key issues before the next major election. That view is shared by 31% of Republicans. However, just 21% of Independent voters consider it even somewhat likely (see crosstab results).

Overall, 25% of voters believe their own representative in Congress is the best person for the job. Once again, Independent voters offer a harsher assessment. While 30% of both Republicans and Democrats think they are represented by the best person for the job, just 14% of Independent voters agree.

Among all voters, 36% now believe that Congress is too liberal while 31% believe it is too conservative. Both figures are down from a month ago. Last fall, an election night survey found that 44% believed Congress was too conservative and 36% said too liberal. Four months ago, when the new Congress took office, voters were evenly divided.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is viewed favorably by 39% of voters and unfavorably by 46%. Her numbers have been bouncing around a bit lately in contrast to the very stable job approval ratings for President Trump.

Data released earlier shows that just 17% believe most Members of Congress care what their constituents think. Twenty-three percent (23%) believe their own representative cares “about what people like you 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 1,003 Registered Voters was conducted May 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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