Faculty Publications

Title

The American public's view of congress

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Congress, Public opinion

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Forum

Volume

6

Issue

3

Abstract

Congress has long been unpopular with the American public, with approval numbers above fifty percent serving as the exception rather than the norm. In this essay we argue that such disapproval stems not from calculated reaction to policy outcomes or partisan attachments. Rather, people tend to disapprove of Congress for exactly the thing it was designed to be: an open and deliberative lawmaking body. The more Congress does its job, the more the public tends to disapprove. Copyright ©2008 The Berkeley Electronic Press. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

10-9-2008

DOI of published version

10.2202/1540-8884.1263

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