Even though they just voted in a new Republican majority, voters still give Congress dismal marks and the majority believe members get reelected because the system is rigged.


A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters finds that just 8 percent rate Congress’s performance as good or excellent, unchanged from the last two months. Sixty-four percent rate their performance as poor, also in line with earlier surveys.


The number giving Congress good or excellent marks has been in the single digits since April 2011. Negative findings reached a high of 75 percent in November 2013, during the rollout of the national health care law.


Just 11 percent think Congress has passed any legislation that will significantly improve life in America and just as few think most members of Congress listen to their constituents.


Just 11 percent think members get reelected because they actually do a good job representing their constituents, though that’s up slightly from previous surveys. Sixty-six percent think it’s because the election rules are rigged to benefit incumbents. Still, 23 percent are not sure.