Congressional Members Are Becoming As Unpopular As Congress

I’m usually harsh on polls that cite Congress’s lack of popularity. They just don’t make any sense. We don’t elect Congress as a body, so why should we care about polls of the body?

It’s the popularity of the individual members that matters, and they tend to each be a lot more popular than the body. Until recently, that is.

In a Washington Post/ABC News poll, for the first time more than half of all adults (but not quite half of registered voters) disapprove of their Representative in Congress.

Do you approve or disapprove of the way your own representative to the U.S. House of Representatives in Congress is handling his or her job    The Washington Post

Of those, conservatives and moderates are more angry than liberals, though when the split is on party identification, Democrats disapprove more.

Ideology The Washington Post Party ID The Washington Post






If you control for race, Hispanics are the most disapproving, while older voters also tend to disapprove more than younger voters.

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