2016 Political Scientists Survey

Grade Congress

How would you grade Congress over this past year, from A to F, on the following?


1. Does Congress protect its powers from presidential encroachment?

A

0.00%

B

9.09%

C

27.27%

D

60.61%

F

3.03%

2. Does Congress generally fulfill its national policymaking responsibilities?

A

0.00%

B

9.09%

C

30.30%

D

51.52%

F

9.09%

3. Does the HOUSE allow members in the minority to play a role?

A

0.00%

B

0.00%

C

27.27%

D

36.36%

F

36.36%

4. Does the SENATE allow members in the minority to play a role?

A

9.38%

B

37.50%

C

37.50%

D

15.63%

F

0.00%

5. Does the HOUSE follow good process in conducting its business?

A

0.00%

B

9.09%

C

33.33%

D

48.48%

F

9.09%

6. Does the SENATE follow good process in conducting its business?

A

0.00%

B

12.50%

C

50.00%

D

34.38%

F

3.13%

7. Does the legislative process in the HOUSE involve a proper level of compromise?

A

0.00%

B

0.00%

C

18.75%

D

31.25%

F

50.00%

8. Does the legislative process in the SENATE involve a proper level of compromise?

A

0.00%

B

24.24%

C

42.42%

D

30.30%

F

3.03%

9. Does the HOUSE keep excessive partisanship in check?

A

0.00%

B

0.00%

C

12.50%

D

28.13%

F

59.38%

10. Does the SENATE keep excessive partisanship in check?

A

0.00%

B

3.03%

C

42.42%

D

36.36%

F

18.18%

11. Does Congress hold members to high standards of ethical conduct?

A

3.03%

B

39.39%

C

36.36%

D

18.18%

F

3.03%

12. Does Congress focus on the key issues facing the country?

A

6.06%

B

15.15%

C

27.27% 

D

42.42%

F

9.09%

13. Do members educate themselves well on the key issues facing the country?

A

0.0%

B

9.09%

C

54.55%

D

33.33%

F

3.03%

14. How well does Congress rely on facts and data to reach its decision?

A

0.0%

B

3.03%

C

57.58%

D

30.30%

F

9.09%

15. Does Congress consider the long­term implications of policy issues, not just short­ term?

A

0.0%

B

3.03%

C

45.45%

D

45.45%

F

6.06%

16. Does conflict in Congress reflect substantive differences, rather than political game­ playing?

A

0.0%

B

21.88%

C

28.13%

D

43.75%

F

6.25%

17. Does Congress exercise its proper role in the decision to go to war?

A

0.00%

B

9.09%

C

9.09%

D

57.58%

F

24.24%

18. Does Congress exercise its proper role in determining the federal budget?

A

0.00%

B

30.30%

C

33.33%

D

33.33%

F

3.03%

19. Does Congress exercise its proper role in setting the legislative agenda?

A

6.25%

B

40.63%

C

43.75%

D

6.25%

F

3.13%

20. Does Congress make its workings and activities open to the public?

A

6.06%

B

63.64%

C

24.24%

D

3.03%

F

3.03%

21. Do legislators make a good effort to educate their constituents about Congress?

A

3.03%

B

18.18%

C

48.48%

D

24.24%

F

6.06%

22. Do legislators make a good effort to be accessible to their constituents?

A

30.30%

B

51.52%

C

12.12%

D

6.06%

F

0.00%

23. Does Congress keep the role of special interests within proper bounds?

A

0.00%

B

9.09%

C

39.39% 

D

39.39%

F

12.12%

24. All things considered, how well does Congress do in representing the interests of the American people?

A

0.0%

B

12.12%

C

48.48%

D

33.33%

F

6.06%

25. Overall, how would you assess the legislative record of Congress over this past year?

A

000%

B

3.23%

C

19.35%

D

64.52%

F

12.90%

26. Overall, do you see many signs from this past year that Congress will be working better in the future?

Things will get better

12.12%

Things will get worse

51.52%

No change

36.36%

27. How big a problem is incivility in Congress?

A major problem

57.58%

A minor problem

42.42%

Not a problem

0.00%

28. To what extent would nonpartisan redistricting improve the overall functioning of Congress - major improvement, some improvement, no improvement?

Major improvement

9.09%

Some improvement

69.70%

No improvement

21.21%

29. To what extent would campaign finance reform improve the overall functioning of Congress - major improvement, some improvement, no improvement?

Major improvement

36.36%

Some improvement

51.52%

No improvement

12.12%

30. Do you think polarization in Congress over the next few years will increase, decrease, or stay about the same?

Increase

39.39%

Decrease

3.03%

Stay about the same

57.58%

31. How would you evaluate threats of government shutdowns and not raising the debt limit to bring about policy changes - acceptable general tactic, could be done rarely, never should be done?

Acceptable general tactic

0.00%

Could be done rarely

21.21%

Never should be done

78.79%


32. Has the grounding of congressional policy debates in facts and expertise over the past several years increased, decreased, or stayed aboutthe same?

Increase

0.00%

Decrease

66.67%

Stay about the same

33.33%

 

Grade US Citizens

How would you grade citizens over this past year, from A to F, on the following?

33. Contacting their members of Congress on issues that concern them.

A

3.13%

B

25.00%

C

56.25%

D

15.63%

F

0.00%

34. Following what is going on in Congress on a regular basis.   

A

0.0%

B

0.00%

C

15.63%

D

68.75%

F

15.63%

35. Voting in congressional elections.    

A

0.0%

B

6.25%

C

56.25%

D

34.38%

F

3.13%

36. Working through groups that share their interests to influence Congress.    

A

3.13%

B

28.13%

C

59.38%

D

9.38%

F

0.0%

37. Understanding the responsibilities of citizens to get involved in their communities.    

A

0.0%

B

6.25%

C

53.13%

D

34.38%

F

6.25%

38. Understanding the main features of Congress and how it works.    

A

0.0%

B

0.00%

C

12.90%

D

74.19%

F

12.90%

39. Understanding the role of compromise in Congress.

A

0.0%

B

3.57%

C

10.71%

D

57.14%

F

28.57%

40. Given their time commitments, how well do citizens do with their overall level of civic involvement? 

A

0.0%

B

6.25%

C

46.88%

D

43.75%

F

3.13%

41. How well does the electorate do in selecting members of Congress?

A

3.13%

B

18.75%

C

59.38%

D

15.63%

F

3.13%

42. How well does the media coverage of Congress contribute to the public’s understanding of Congress? 

A

0.0%

B

12.50%

C

34.38%

D

37.50%

F

15.63%

43. How well does our educational system provide students with a good understanding of the role of Congress in our representative democracy?

A

0.00%

B

12.50%

C

40.63%

D

31.25%

F

15.63%