December 2011 Political Scientists Survey

Grade Congress

 

1. Does Congress protect its powers from presidential encroachment?

A

5.1%

B

15.4%

C

51.3%

D

10.3%

F

17.9%

2a. Does the HOUSE carry out effective oversight of the president and executive branch?

A

0.0%

B

12.8%

C

56.4%

D

15.4%

F

15.4%

2b. Does the SENATE carry out effective oversight of the president and executive branch?

A

2.6%

B

12.8%

C

56.4%

D

20.5%

F

7.7%

3. Does Congress generally fulfill its national policymaking responsibilities?

A

0.0%

B

2.6%

C

17.9%

D

48.7%

F

30.8%

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

A

0.0%

B

0.0%

C

23.1%

D

41.0%

F

35.9%

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

A

32.4%

B

43.2%

C

16.2%

D

2.7%

F

5.4%

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

A

0.0%

B

17.9%

C

33.3%

D

23.1%

F

25.6%

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

A

0.0%

B

7.7%

C

23.1%

D

43.6%

F

25.6%

6a. How well is the HOUSE able to handle the balance between allowing careful deliberation while also being able to act?

A

0.0%

B

13.2%

C

23.7%

D

34.2%

F

28.9%

6b. How well is the SENATE able to handle the balance between allowing careful deliberation while also being able to act?

A

0.0%

B

5.3%

C

23.7%

D

42.1%

F

28.9%

7a. Does the HOUSE engage in productive discussion?

A

0.0%

B

2.6%

C

23.1%

D

38.5%

F

35.9%

7b. Does the SENATE engage in productive discussion?

A

0.0%

B

7.7%

C

46.2% 

D

28.2%

F

17.9%

8a. Does the HOUSE allow multiple points of view on an issue to be heard?

A

2.6%

B

12.8%

C

33.3%

D

30.8%

F

20.5%

8b. Does the SENATE allow multiple points of view on an issue to be heard?

A

28.2%

B

51.3%

C

15.4%

D

5.1%

F

0.0%

9a. Does the legislative process in the HOUSE involve a proper level of compromise, consensus?

A

0.0%

B

5.3%

C

2.6%

D

42.1%

F

50.0%

9b. Does the legislative process in the SENATE involve a proper level of compromise, consensus?

A

2.6%

B

13.2%

C

44.7%

D

23.7%

F

15.8%

10a. Does the HOUSE keep excessive partisanship in check?

A

0.0%

B

0.0%

C

5.1%

D

23.1%

F

71.8%

10b. Does the SENATE keep excessive partisanship in check?

A

0.0%

B

8.1%

C

16.2%

D

37.8%

F

37.8%

11a. Is the MAJORITY leadership in the HOUSE effective?

A

8.1%

B

24.3%

C

29.7%

D

18.9%

F

18.9%

11b. Is the MINORITY leadership in the HOUSE effective?

A

0.0%

B

17.9%

C

59.0%

D

17.9%

F

5.1%

11c. Is the MAJORITY leadership in the SENATE effective?

A

2.6%

B

43.6%

C

43.6% 

D

7.7%

F

2.6%

11d. Is the MINORITY leadership in the SENATE effective?

A

12.8%

B

35.9%

C

38.5%

D

10.3%

F

2.6%

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

A

2.6%

B

23.7%

C

47.4%

D

18.4%

F

7.9%

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

A

5.1%

B

25.6%

C

17.9%

D

41.0%

F

10.3%

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

A

0.0%

B

24.3%

C

48.6%

D

16.2%

F

10.8%

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

A

0.0%

B

5.3%

C

23.7%

D

42.1%

F

28.9%

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

A

0.0%

B

15.4%

C

35.9%

D

33.3%

F

15.4%

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

A

0.0%

B

7.7%

C

33.3%

D

38.5%

F

20.5%

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

A

0.0%

B

15.8%

C

23.7%

D

44.7%

F

15.8%

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

A

2.6%

B

25.6%

C

51.3%

D

10.3%

F

10.3%

20. Does Congress reflect our nation's diversity?

A

2.6%

B

15.8%

C

42.1%

D

23.7%

F

15.8%

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

A

15.4%

B

51.3%

C

30.8%

D

2.6%

F

0.0%

22. Do legislators broadly reflect the interests of their constituents?

A

15.4%

B

25.6%

C

35.9%

D

17.9%

F

5.1%

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

A

0.0%

B

15.4%

C

30.8%

D

38.5%

F

15.4%

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

A

33.3%

B

35.9%

C

23.1%

D

7.7%

F

0.0%

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

A

0.0%

B

12.8%

C

17.9%

D

48.7%

F

20.5%

26. Does Congress reform itself sufficiently to keep up with changing needs?

A

0.0%

B

10.5%

C

31.6%

D

28.9%

F

28.9%

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

A

0.0%

B

17.9%

C

30.8%

D

38.5%

F

12.8%

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

A

0.0%

B

0.0%

C

12.8%

D

48.7%

F

38.5%

29. Overall, how well do you think members of the House serve their own local constituencies?

A

15.4%

B

30.8%

C

33.3%

D

20.5%

F

0.0%

Grade US Citizens

 

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

A

5.3%

B

26.3%

C

52.6%

D

13.2%

F

2.6%

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

A

0.0%

B

0.0%

C

23.1%

D

51.3%

F

25.6%

3. Voting in congressional elections.

A

0.0%

B

5.1%

C

56.4%

D

38.5%

F

0.0%

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

A

0.0%

B

18.4%

C

71.1%

D

10.5%

F

0.0%

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

A

0.0%

B

7.7%

C

51.3%

D

35.9%

F

5.1%

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

A

0.0%

B

2.6%

C

10.3%

D

59.0%

F

28.2%

7. Having a reasonable understanding of what Congress can and should do.

A

0.0%

B

2.6%

C

17.9%

D

64.1%

F

15.4%

8. Understanding the role of compromise in Congress.

A

0.0%

B

10.3%

C

20.5%

D

51.3%

F

17.9%

9. Being able to get to the core facts of issues before Congress

A

0.0%

B

5.1%

C

38.5%

D

35.9%

F

20.5%

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

A

0.0%

B

15.4%

C

46.2%

D

35.9%

F

2.6%