New polling study: Congress and the 2012 election

In the new American Enterprise Institute (AEI) July Political Report, AEI Senior Fellow Karlyn Bowman, a public opinion expert , and researcher Andrew Rugg examine public attitudes towards Congress and the 2012 election.

 

Among the highlights:

 

  • Only 17 percent approve of the job Congress is doing and just 13 percent have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress as an institution. In the latest poll, 51 percent say it’s time to give a new person a chance in their district; 61 percent do not want most members re-elected.
  • While both parties in Congress receive approval ratings below 30 percent, more people have a "very negative" impression of the Republican Party (26 percent) than the Democratic Party (19 percent).
  • Six major pollsters now show that the presidential race is neck and neck, but 58 percent of registered voters think Barack Obama is going to win, while only 34 percent think Mitt Romney will carry the day.

 

Karlyn Bowman can be reached at kbowman@aei.org or 202.862.5910 (research assistant andrew.rugg@aei.org or 202.862.5917).

 

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About the Author

 

Karlyn
Bowman
  • Karlyn Bowman compiles and analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects, including the economy, taxes, the state of workers in America, environment and global warming, attitudes about homosexuality and gay marriage, NAFTA and free trade, the war in Iraq, and women's attitudes. In addition, Ms. Bowman has studied and spoken about the evolution of American politics because of key demographic and geographic changes. She has often lectured on the role of think tanks in the United States and writes a weekly column for Forbes.com.
  • Phone: 2028625910
    Email: kbowman@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Andrew Rugg
    Phone: 2028625917
    Email: andrew.rugg@aei.org

 

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Rugg

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