Voters Skeptical About Members of Congress Ability to Understand Other Generations

Just 45% of voters nationwide believe it is possible for a 70-year old member of Congress to understand the concerns of younger voters. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 32% say it’s not possible while 23% are not sure.

From the opposite direction, 54% believe it is possible for a 30-year old member of Congress to understand the concerns of older voters. Twenty-three percent (23%) say it’s not possible and 23% are not sure.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters under 35 believe that a younger representative can understand the concerns of older adults. But, just 45% of such young voters believe an older representative can understand their concerns.

Among senior citizens, 52% believe an older representative can address the concerns of younger voters. Just 46% believe a younger representative can do the same for older voters (see crosstab results).

Data released earlier showed that 15% of female voters would vote for a woman who disagrees with them on most issues over a man who agrees with them on most issues. And, 15% of male voters would vote for their gender rather than a woman who agrees with them.

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted December 30-31, 2018 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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