POLL: Congressional approval hits record high under McCarthy’s leadership

Mar 8, 2023 | Political News

Voter approval of Congress has hit the highest rates in over 15 years under Speaker Kevin McCarthy's leadership, a new Rasmussen Reports poll has found. 

The national survey, published on Wednesday, found that 28 percent of likely voters think that Congress' performance is either good or excellent, up from 25 percent in December.

Congress also has the lowest number of voters with negative opinions since 2007, with 39 percent answering that Congress is doing a poor job, down from 45 percent in December.

“Not only do voters now have a higher opinion of Congress in general, but of their own representatives,” the pollster reported. 40 percent now believe that their congressperson “is the best possible person for the job.” This is a 10 percent increase from April 2022, and “the highest in the history of surveying on this question.”

39 percent of the respondents answered that their current representative is not the best possible person for the job, and 21 percent were not sure. 

Notably, Rasmussen found that “far more” Democrats than Republicans or other voters thought their elected official in the House was the best for the job, with 51 percent of Democrats agreeing with that statement as opposed to just 36 percent of Republicans and 33 percent of  “voters not affiliated with either major party.”

“Similarly, Democrats (44 percent) are significantly more likely than Republicans (21 percent) or unaffiliated voters (19 percent) to rate Congress as doing a good or excellent job,” the pollster said of their survey, which was conducted with 1,000 likely US voters between February 26 and 28 with a margin of error of 3 points.

“Congress gets a poor rating from 45 percent of Republicans, 27 percent of Democrats and 48 percent of unaffiliated voters,” they added.

On racial lines, fewer black voters than any other group polled thought their representative was the best person for the role. According to the results, 31 percent of black voters agreed with that statement, compared to 42 percent of white voters and 39 percent of other minorities. 

“Slightly more women voters (29 percent) than men (26 percent) rate Congress as doing a good or excellent job, but women are less likely than men to say their representative in Congress is the best possible person for the job,” the pollster added.