Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Deafness in Congress

If you've got that sinking feeling that Congress doesn't much care what you think about anything, you're far from alone.

A new Rasmussen poll concludes that 60 percent of American voters feel that most members of Congress don't care what their constituents think.

This does not bode well for incumbents during this year's mid-term elections. Only 37 percent of voters surveyed believe that their local members of Congress deserve re-election.

As members of Congress visit their districts during the August recess - many of them holding town hall meetings - they should talk less and listen more, those surveyed said. Seventy-one percent of the respondents say it's more important for members of Congress to listen to their constituents than it is for them to explain their actions on Capitol Hill.

Photo: Wally Gobetz under Creative Commons license

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