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Poll: The More You Pay Attention to Congress the More You Hate It

Congress’s job approval rating remains a pathetic 14 percent in the latest Gallup poll, but an interesting finding is that the people who pay the most attention to politics have the worst impression of Congress. Among people who don’t follow politics closely, 23 percent approve of Congress but only 8 percent of people who closely follow politics feel that way. From Gallup:

Congressional Job Approval, by How Closely Respondents Are Following National Politics, September 2014

It seems that if you don’t think Congress is doing a very poor job it likely means just aren’t paying enough attention.

This would imply that the people who are most inclined to vote in the midterms are the people most disappointed with the politicians they will be voting about. Amazingly, even though Congress will probably have an approval rating of only about 10 percent, among people who turn out to vote this year over 90 percent of incumbents will be re-elected. The fact that our fixed election system allows this to happen is probably a big part of the reason Congress has been able to become historically unpopular with so few consequences.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at