Poll: What Americans Think of House, Senate Performance

Republicans x Democrats

American voters are not impressed with the job performance of the House of Representatives and Senate. However, Republicans are not as dubious as Democrats. At least, that’s according to a recent poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports.

The poll found that 14% of likely voters think the way the House is doing its job is “good” or “excellent.” Actually, only two percent said the House was doing an excellent job. The majority of Americans polled (51%) think the House is doing a poor job.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that American voters have an even worse opinion of the Senate. Just 11% think the Senate is doing a “good” or “excellent” job, with two percent saying “excellent.” A similar number of Americans (51%) say the Senate is doing a poor job.


As one would expect, opinions are split down party lines. Twenty-seven percent of Republicans give the House positive ratings versus just nine percent of Democrats and nine percent of voters not affiliated with either party.

When it comes to how well-paid members of the Senate are doing, 19% of GOP voters think they are doing a good or excellent job. This view is shared by just eight percent of Democrats and six percent of unaffiliated voters.

The House ratings among all American voters and voters in both major parties have changed little since 2014, when Republicans controlled the House. However, Republican voters were far more critical of the then-Democratic-run Senate. Sixty-four percent of GOP voters said the Senate was doing a bad job. At the time, almost a quarter (34%) of Democrats gave the Senate positive ratings.

Overall though, 15% of voters say the way Congress as a whole is doing its job as good or excellent. Younger voters tend to have a more positive outlook on the House and Senate compared to older voters. That said, a large number of voters across all demographics said members of both chambers of Congress are doing a poor job.

The majority of Americans (55%) view Mitch McConnell unfavorably after his failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. This makes him the most unpopular top congressional leader, which would explain why 36% of voters think McConnell should step down.

Just one quarter, 25% of Republicans think their representative are doing a good job reflecting their party’s values.

Party love among Democrats isn’t much better. Fifty-eight percent of likely Democratic voters think their party needs to find new leaders.

Lastly, 55% of likely voters don’t think Congress listens to them and is more interested in making the media happy.


Voters Don’t Think Too Highly of House, Senate,” Rasmussen Reports, August 30, 2017.