Americans think Congress doesn't pay much attention to them. A FOX News poll released Thursday finds about one-third of the public thinks Congress pays "a great deal" or "some" attention to regular Americans when making decisions — while nearly two-thirds feel lawmakers pay "not much" attention or "none at all."
A 64-percent majority disapproves of the job Congress is doing. Just over one in four Americans approves of Congress (27 percent).
Sizable majorities of Republicans (80 percent) and independents (68 percent) disapprove of Congress, and even a slim 51-percent majority of Democrats says they disapprove.
Opinion Dynamics Corp. conducted the national telephone poll of 900 registered voters for FOX News from Sept. 15 to 16. The poll has a 3-point margin of error.
2010 Vote for Congress
With a little more than a year until the 2010 midterm elections, the Democrats currently have a slim 5-percentage point edge. If the election "were held today," 40 percent of voters say they would back a Democrat to help President Obama pass his policies, while 35 percent would vote for a Republican to help provide a check on the president's policies. Some 17 percent think it is "too soon to say."
In mid-August, support was evenly divided at 40 percent for each candidate. Prior to that, the Democratic candidate's advantage ranged from 13 percentage points in April to 5 points in July.
Most Republicans — 79 percent — say they would vote for the Republican candidate, and most Democrats — 77 percent — would be faithful to their party's candidate as well. Among independents, 29 percent say they would vote for the Democrat, 28 percent the Republican and 36 percent say it is too soon to decide.