Gallup finds confidence in Congress at historic low

Posted on June 19, 2014 

PAUL HAMPTON

Remember when one reason for running for Congress was the prestige of the office? You do? You must be "getting up there."

Before 1973, Gallup didn't even bother asking, do you have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in Congress. But Watergate was all the rage back then and suddenly the question was relevant.

Then, 42 percent of Americans had some level of confidence in the legislative branch of the federal government. No great but nothing like the most recent number.

In a June 5-7 poll, only 7 percent of Americans had a great deal or quite a lot of confidence.

When it takes millions and millions of dollars just to "win" a seat, it doesn't inspire a lot of confidence that the "winner" will have your best interests at heart.

Find more about the poll here.

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