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 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. releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email. 

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