Mini Poll: The Lower House


Do you know the name of the person who represents you in the US House of Representatives (Washington, DC)?


Yes, it is Lacy Clay:
 27%
Yes, it is Todd Akin:
 15%
Yes, it is Russ Carnahan:
 46%
Yes, it is Jerry Costello:
 1%
Yes, it is Leonor Sullivan:
 1%
It is someone else:
 4%
I really don't know who it is:
 7%

 


Have you ever actually met the person who represents you in the US House of Representatives?


Yes:
 49%
No:
 51%

 


Did you vote in 2008 for the person who now represents you in the US House of Representatives?


Yes:
 60%
No, I voted for an opponent:
 31%
No, I didn't vote:
 3%
No, I lived in a different district then:
 6%

 


Do you think that your own US Representative has done a good enough job to earn your vote for reelection in November 2010, or will you vote for someone else?


Vote for the incumbent:
 53%
Vote for someone else:
 43%
I will probably not vote in that race:
 3%
I don't vote at all:
 1%

 


Do you think you personally could do a better job as a member of Congress than your own US Representative currently does?


Yes, definitely:
 27%
Yes, probably:
 27%
Yes, and I am an announced candidate for Congress:
 1%
No:
 45%

 


The number of members of the US House Representatives has been 435 since 1911. Changing the number is allowed by the Constitution and would only require a new statute. Do you think the number should be changed?


Yes, more members:
 14%
Yes, fewer members:
 23%
No, leave it the same:
 63%

 


Currently, the City of St. Louis is represented in the US House of Representatives by two members, Russ Carnahan and Lacy Clay. How do you rate the overall job these two members of Congress do together?


A:
 15%
B:
 30%
C:
 16%
D:
 10%
Failure:
 19%
I don't really know:
 10%

 


Which of the following qualities do you think is the single most important one for a member of the US House of Representatives to have?


Independence:
 8%
Height:
 1%
Compassion:
 4%
Values like mine:
 17%
Leadership:
 15%
Common sense:
 54%
Experience:
 2%

 


In general, when most members of Congress debate issues facing the country, do you think they are more civil today compared to 10 years ago, less civil, or about as civil as they were 10 years ago?

More civil:
 5%
Less civil:
 69%
The same:
 26%

 


How much importance do you put on debates in Congress being civil?


A lot:
 35%
Some:
 33%
Not very much:
 26%
None at all:
 6%

 


Some people have suggested eliminating the filibuster procedure in the U.S. Senate so that all that would be needed to pass legislation would be a simple majority of votes, 51 out of 100. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?


Good idea:
 43%
Bad idea:
 50%
Ask me again when my party has 51 votes:
 8%

 


Do you think the country would be better off if the Republicans controlled Congress, if the Democrats controlled Congress, or would the country be the same regardless of which party controlled Congress?


Republicans:
 25%
Democrats:
 46%
The same:
 30%

 


Generally speaking, do you think most Republicans in Congress are ethical or unethical?


Ethical:
 53%
Unethical:
 47%

 


Generally speaking, do you think most Democrats in Congress are ethical or unethical?


Ethical:
 57%
Unethical:
 43%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.