Much has been made of recent poll numbers that indicate voters’ opinion of Congress is at record lows. But a new Quinnipiac survey shows that the feeling is mutual.
According to the survey, only 13% of members of Congress hold a favorable view of the voting public compared to 85% who view them unfavorably.
“We’ve discovered an uncanny degree of contempt between elected officials and the voters who send them to Washington,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“When we asked a word association, the most common response to ‘voters’ were words like, ‘useless,’ ‘morons,’ and ‘saps.’”
“How do [voters] not see this?” asked Rep. Bob Brady (D-Phila). “We keep going through the same rigmarole. Some supposedly dire problem is about to destroy the economy, then we get credit for passing some half-assed, can-kicking deal.”
Malloy said the poll had uncovered a direct correlation between time in office and the likelihood a member of Congress takes a negative view of voters.
“For all this caterwauling, reelection rates in the House average around 95%. Ninety-five percent! How seriously do they expect us to take this complaining?” said Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Chester).
“They barely even pay attention. I mean, do any of them remember that I took a term limits pledge? That was back in 1996! Idiots.”
Voter Randall Phillips said he wasn’t surprised to hear those numbers.
“It seems like Congress just doesn’t understand what regular people are going through. It seems like they don’t respect us.”
“Except my Congressman. He came to my kid’s school last month, and he always sends that nice newsletter in the mail. He’s alright.”