A Plurality Of Registered Voters Wants A Republican-Controlled Congress

House Speaker Boehner speaks to reporters during press availability

Voters may be sick of Congress, but they appear to be more disgusted with Democrats in Congress than Republicans. A new poll indicates that a plurality of voters not only wants the House of Representatives to continue with a Republican majority, but that they also want a Republican majority in the Senate.

The poll, sponsored by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, predictably found that people view Congress negatively, with 50 percent indicating Congress has been “very unproductive” this year. Another 24 percent said Congress has been “somewhat unproductive.”

But the survey then asked voters which party they preferred in the majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate individually.

For the House of Representatives, 43 percent of registered voters said they want to see a Republican majority, while 41 percent said they favor a Democratic majority. An identical question concerning a Senate majority yielded the same numbers: 43 percent favoring Republicans and 41 percent favoring Democrats.

The poll also asked “residents” who indicated they are not registered voters the same series of questions. Interestingly, the plurality that slightly favored a Republican majority in both chambers among registered voters was reversed when non-voting “residents” weighed in. Forty-two percent of “residents” said they favored a Democratic majority in the House, compared with 41 percent that favored a Republican majority; 43 percent of “residents” said they favor a Democratic majority in the Senate, compared with 42 percent who favored Republicans.

Another interesting piece of data lies in the political demographics of the pool of voters who participated in the randomized survey. Twenty-five percent of voters said they consider themselves “Tea Party Supporters,” while another ten percent said they weren’t sure. The remaining 65 percent said they do not identify with the Tea Party.

In addition, a combined 45 percent of voters said they were either “very conservative” (13 percent) or “conservative” (32 percent), while only a combined 22 percent said they were either “very liberal” (eight percent) or “liberal” (14 percent). The remaining 33 percent described themselves as “moderate.”

View the full results here.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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