72%: Cut pay to Congress
With approval ratings hitting at an all time low of under 10%, the news only gets worse for members of the U.S. Congress. In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey we asked, would you approve or disapprove of a proposal to cut the pay of Congress in half? Almost three-quarters of Americans, 72% told us they would approve of a pay cut, 17% would disapprove, and 11% had no opinion on the pay cut question.
Among political groups, Independents and Republicans led the way with 77% of Independents approving a pay cut for Congress, 14% disapproving, and 9% offered no opinion. An equal percentage of Republicans, 77% approved cutting the pay of Congress in half, 11% did not approve, and 13% did not have an opinion. Democrats favored a pay cut but y a smaller amount with 62% approving, 26% not approving, and 12% offering no opinion.
Women favored a pay cut for Congress more than men with 75% of women approving a cut in pay, 13% not approving, and 13% with no opinion. Men countered with 70% approving of a pay cut, 21% disapproving and 9% had no opinion.
Whites and African-Americans approved the pay cut idea but by different margins. Whites approved by 74% to 15% not approving, 12% had no opinion. Fewer African-Americans, 66% approved of a pay cut for Congress, 28% did not approve, and 6% did not have an opinion.
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,170 registered voters nationwide was conducted November 15, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
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