In two months, U.S. voters will determine whether Congress continues into President Obama’s last two years with a Democratic Senate and a Republican House. But a chunk of those likely voters don’t even know which party currently holds the majority in each chamber.
Rasmussen Reports said Thursday that only 63 percent of likely voters have a clue about which party is in charge of the House and the Senate. As for the remainder, many of them aren’t simply ignorant — they’re (somehow) misinformed.
Twenty percent (20%) mistakenly believe Democrats control the House, while 17% are not sure. Similarly, 18% think the GOP is in charge in the Senate, but 19% are not sure.
This is even less awareness than voters expressed in March of last year. Remember, too, that these are respondents who are the likeliest to vote this November and so presumably are more politically aware than most other Americans.
Broken down by demographics, Rasmussen reveals that “women and those under 40” know less about the present arrangement of party control over the bicameral legislature. As for likely voters who claim a party affiliation, “Republicans are more aware than Democrats and unaffiliated voters, but a sizable number of GOP voters don’t know which party controls which house of Congress.”
And while the general public perceives Republicans to be anti-Obamacare, the party-line votes against the original law — as well as all the repeated GOP-led repeal efforts — haven’t exactly earned each and every Representative a commensurate level of notoriety for their efforts.
“Even though not a single Republican member of either the House or Senate voted for the new national health care law, 31% of likely voters say they are not sure how their representative in Congress voted on Obamacare, an issue at the forefront of this election cycle,” Rasmussen states.
At least we’re all self-aware in our ignorance. Only nine percent of those surveyed indicated they believe that Americans make for well-informed voters.