Congress may have low poll numbers, but most don't know that they control Senate

While 71 percent know that Pelosi is a Democrat, only 40 percent know that Senator Harry Reid is also a Democrat. Of course, it is amazing to me that only 71 percent know that Pelosi is a Democrat. The Rasmussen poll reports:

Seventy-one percent (71%) of American voters know that Nancy Pelosi is a Democrat, but most don’t know enough about other Congressional leaders to even hazard a guess. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that only 13% of voters had never heard of Pelosi, the first woman to ever serve as Speaker of the House and the highest ranking Democrat in government today.

However, 32% have never heard of Pelosi’s counterpart in the United States Senate, Harry Reid. Another 20% don’t know if he’s a Republican or Democrat while 40% correctly identified him as belonging to the same party as Pelosi and Barack Obama.
Forty-five percent (45%) have never heard of Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader. Another 29% can’t guess at which party he belongs to but 22% identify him correctly as a Republican.

The Republican leader in the House, John Boehner, is even less well known to the nation at large. Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters have never heard of him while 27% don’t know his party affiliation. Sixteen percent (16%) correctly identified Boehner as a Republican.

The Republicans might think about talking about the Democratically controlled congress more often.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is so little difference between the two parties, it is not surprising.

6/22/2008 8:42 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Dear Franz:

Sorry, but there are a huge number of issues where there is a big difference between the parties. Is that saying that Republicans are perfect? No, hardly, but that doesn't mean that there aren't huge differences. Health care, trade, taxes, immigration, campaign finance. That doesn't mean that there are some Republicans and Democrats who agree with each other on these issues, but you still know where the vast majority of each party stands on these issues.

6/22/2008 10:09 PM  

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