39% Believe Congress Too Liberal; 36% Too Conservative

Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters nationwide now believe that Congress is too liberal while 36% say it is too conservative. That’s a dramatic turnaround from election night last fall when a ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 44% believed Congress was too conservative and 36% said too liberal.

A month ago, when the new Congress took office, voters were evenly divided. Forty percent (40%) believed Congress was more conservative than the nation at large while 38% said it was more liberal.

Regardless of the perceived ideological swing, there remains little confidence in the ability of Congress to get anything done. Just 33% of voters believe it is even somewhat likely that Congress will successfully address the nation’s major issues prior to the next election. Only 14% believe it is Very Likely to do so (see question wording and crosstab results).

The survey also 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.

Twenty-nine percent (29%) believe their own representative is more liberal than they are while 28% say more conservative. Fifteen percent (15%) say they are represented by someone with similar views and 28% don’t know.

ScottRasmussen.com conducts national opinion surveys measuring perceptions of Congress and Congressional leaders at least once a month. All new results will be highlighted on this page. It’s all part of our mission to enhance the public dialogue through data-driven analysis that explores the underlying currents of public opinion (read About Us).

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The national survey of 1,000 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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