Surveys on Congress



The Center conducts annual national opinion surveys of the public’s attitudes about Congress, examining how people learn about Congress and how they evaluate its effectiveness as well as how they regard their own responsibilities as citizens. 

The Center also conducts a year-end survey of experts’ evaluations of the performance of Congress, focusing on the extent to which Congress is fulfilling its responsibilities in our representative democracy. 

Both surveys  provide data to scholars, the media and the general public that is invaluable in understanding how the public and experts assess the effectiveness and responsiveness of Congress.

Leading the Survey on Congress project is Indiana University political Science professor Edward G. Carmines, Director of Research for the Center.


2014 Public Opinion Survey of Congress

                2014 Political Scientists Grade Congress