Congressional Approval Survey: Not Many Optimistic About Upcoming Term

This week’s elections brought a shift in power among members of congress. Congressional approval ratings have been quite low over the past several years. So could this shift bring about a change in approval? And did congressional approval ratings impact voter turnout at all during this past election?

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Congressional Approval

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, just 5% said they have a very positive opinion of the job congress has done over the past 2 years. 10% said the have a somewhat positive opinion of congress. 26% have a somewhat negative opinion. And 38% have a very negative opinion of the job congress has done over the past term. The remaining 21% said they feel neutral or have no opinion.

Election Results

Even with those low approval ratings though, not everyone turned out to vote for new members of congress in this week’s election. 53% said they voted for members of congress in this past election. However, just 12% of respondents said they definitely think congress will improve following the results of the election. 28% think congress will probably improve over the next term. 42% think congress probably won’t be any more effective over the next term. And 18% think it definitely won’t.

Political Leanings

In general, 26% of respondents described their political leanings as conservative. 20% described themselves as liberal. 17% said they are more moderate. Another 17% described themselves as independent. And 19% have no political preference. Not surprisingly, conservatives were more likely to feel optimistic about congress’s upcoming term. And they were also more likely to have voted in this week’s election. However, both liberals and conservatives were about as likely to have a negative opinion of congress’s previous term.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: EPP Congress Bonn from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on November 6 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Pilon
Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.