32% Think Congress May Address Key Issues Before Next Election; 58% Disagree

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ratings have been getting better every month, but confidence in Congress remains very low. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 32% of voters believe it is even somewhat likely that Congress will successfully address the nation’s major issues prior to the next election. Fifty-eight percent (58%) consider it unlikely and 10% are not sure.

Those figures include 13% who believe Congress is Very Likely to act and 28% who say Not at All Likely.

The pessimism can be found across all demographic groups. Independent voters are somewhat more pessimistic than either Republicans or Democrats (see crosstab results).

There is a growing sense the legislature is growing more liberal. Last fall, an election night survey found that 44% believed Congress was too conservative and 36% said too liberal. Two months ago, when the new Congress took office, voters were evenly divided. Now, 37% believe that Congress is too liberal while 31% say it is too conservative.

Thirty-one percent (31%) believe their own representative is more liberal than they are while 26% say more conservative. Fifteen percent (15%) say they are represented by someone with similar views and 28% don’t know.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is viewed favorably by 42% of voters and unfavorably by 43%. Those are the best numbers for any Congressional leader and a vast improvement since November. Other survey data found that just 23% believe their representative in Congress is the best person for the job. Thirty-eight percent (38%) believe others are more qualified while 40% are not sure.

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

Caution should be used when interpreting public response to Congressional actions. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters don’t know that Democrats control the House. A slightly larger number don’t know that Republicans control the Senate.

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The national survey of 1,003 Registered Voters was conducted March 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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