Of course, a generic approve/disapprove question in a poll doesn’t always translate into bad ratings for incumbents within their districts, or it wouldn’t be the case that incumbents are overwhelmingly reelected. But it can make it tough for, say, a Congressman in one of fourteen districts in Georgia, who decides to run statewide.
Over half of voters think both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives are doing a poor job, but nearly as many also prefer having them run by different political parties the way Congress is now.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 12% of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. Senate is doing a good or excellent job. Fifty-three percent (53%) rate the Senate’s performance as poor.
Nineteen percent (19%) of voters believe the House is doing a good or excellent job, while 51% view its performance as poor.
That’s slightly better than the two are rated when merged into one. Only eight percent (8%) rate the performance of the entire Congress as good or excellent, while 67% think it’s doing a poor job. This is the third straight month in a row that Congress’ positives have been in single digits.
Predictably, most Republicans give the Senate poor marks, while most Democrats feel that way about the House. Most voters not affiliated with either major party rate the performances of both chambers as poor.
But just 28% of GOP voters think the House which is controlled by their party is doing a good or excellent job. Only 17% of Democrats give positive marks to the Democratic-controlled Senate. Republicans are most aware of which party controls which legislative chamber. Fifty-two percent (52%) of both Republicans and voters not affiliated with either major party like it better when different parties control the House and Senate. Democrats are evenly divided.
Thirty-five percent (35%) of voters who are part of the Tea Party movement think the House is doing a good or excellent job, but just 13% of non-members agree. Seventy-six percent (76%) of Tea Party voters think the Senate is doing a poor job, a view shared by 50% of non-members. Tea Party voters feel a bit more strongly that it’s better to have different parties run the two chambers.