The American public's view of congress

John R. Hibbing, Christopher W. Larimer

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 9 2008


  • Congress
  • Public opinion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences

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