64 Percent of Voters Give Congress Low Marks, Poll Finds

By Melanie Hunter-Omar | March 22, 2010 | 2:56 PM EDT

Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California is applauded as she walks back to her office with Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C. after the House passes health care reform in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Sunday, March 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

(CNSNews.com) – One day after the House passed the Senate health care bill, a new survey was released Monday showing only 11 percent of voters approve of Congress’ performance.
The Rasmussen Reports survey was conducted Friday and Saturday nights, prior to the House’s historic vote to approve the Democrats’ national health care plan. Only 20 percent of those surveyed think most members of Congress understood what is in the health care plan before they voted on it.
Fifty percent of voters say they’re less likely to re-elect a member of Congress who votes for the health care plan.
"If we ever found a Little League team behaving as poorly as the Republicans and Democrats or the congressman and senators, we’d probably disband the team and go home. Heck, we might even disband the entire league and bulldoze the field,” Scott Rasmussen said in his new book, “In Search of Self-Governance.”
The survey found that 64 percent believe Congress is doing a poor job, a rating considered the second worst grade voters have given Congress in over 40 months of tracking. It is also 21 points higher than late March 2009.
The 64 percent rating is considered to be a seven-point improvement from last month’s 71 percent rating, which was the highest negative grade recorded.
The survey also found that 41 percent of voters believe Congress members are corrupt, compared to 33 percent who disagree, and 26 percent who aren’t sure.
Rasmussen Reports also noted that only 18 percent of voters say Congress has passed legislation that will significantly improve life in the U.S., while 57 percent disagree, and 25 percent are not sure.
The poll also found that 40 percent of voters believe Congress is at least somewhat likely to seriously address the important issues facing the nation, compared to 55 percent who said that was not likely to happen.
Seventy-six percent of those polled say most members of Congress are more interested in their own careers than in helping people, while 12 percent say most in Congress are interested in helping people.
Meanwhile, 63 percent of all voters nationally think it would be better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were defeated this November, while only 27 percent say their representative in Congress is the best possible person for the job.
Eighty-one percent of Republicans and 72 percent of voters not affiliated with either major party say Congress is doing a poor job, and 42 percent of Democrats say the same thing.
Sixty percent of voters believe neither GOP leaders nor Democratic leaders have a good understanding of what is needed today.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is considered by far the most unpopular congressional leader. Negatives for Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader John Boehner have reached or matched their highest levels in a year.