Voters still don't think much of Congress, and that includes the members they elect themselves.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of 1,000 likely voters finds that just 11 percent think Congress is doing a good or excellent job. That’s unchanged from February. Fifty-seven percent say Congress is doing a poor job, down slightly from 60 percent in February, but generally in line with previous surveys.
When the new Republican-led Congress arrived in January of last year, positive reviews inched up to double digits for the first time in over two years and hit a recent high of 16 percent the following month. The percentage of voters giving the legislators poor marks dropped into the 50s during the early months of 2015 after generally running in the 60s and 70s since mid-2011.
Voters still express little confidence in their local representatives. Just 24 percent think their representative in Congress is the best possible person for the job. Forty-five percent disagree, but 31 percent are not sure. That, too, is in line with previous surveys.
Nonetheless, 34 percent think their local representative deserves to be reelected, regardless of how Congress Is doing overall. While that’s also in line with recent surveys, it’s the highest level of support for reelection in more than five years. Forty-one percent don’t think their local representative deserves reelection, but 25 percent are not sure.