Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters nationwide believe it is at least somewhat likely that their representative in Congress trades votes for cash. That’s up from 53% in January.
A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that just 22% think that’s unlikely and 22% are not sure.
We used a split sample approach on this topic. Half of all survey respondents were asked if their representative in Congress traded votes for campaign contributions. The other half were asked if their representative traded votes for bribes. There were only modest differences in the results.
By a 60% to 18% margin, voters think it’s likely their representative trade votes for campaign contributions. By a 54% to 24% margin, voters think their own representative trades votes for bribes. The similarity of the results suggests that voters may see little difference between campaign contributions and bribes (see full crosstab results).
ScottRasmussen.com releases updates on Congress and ratings of Congressional leaders at least once a month. Few Americans think it’s likely that Congress will accomplish much before the next election. There is also little confidence that Members of Congress care what their constituents think.
Just 27% believe the federal government primarily serves the interests of the American people. Sixty-three percent (63%) of men believe the government looks out primarily for itself. So do 57% of women.
Regular tracking shows that only about one-out-of-six voters trust the federal government to do the right thing most of the time. It’s been nearly half a century since a majority of voters trusted the federal government. The vast majority of Americans alive today cannot remember such a time.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted July 2-3, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and Demographic Profile of the Sample). It has a +/- 3.1 percentage point Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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