'Disapproval [of Congress] is built into the institution’s DNA'
Josh Huder considers why Congress, which is basically a democratic body, is so perennially unpopular:
Literature on this topic often points to people’s dissatisfaction with the process of legislating (Hibbing 1995; 2001). Durr, Gilmour, and Wolbrecht (1997, gated) find that Congress’s approval rating takes a hit when major legislation is passed. By simply doing its job Congress can alienate large parts of its constituency. So while people like their legislators, they dislike when they get together with fellow members and legislate.
Jonathan Bernstein has more.
| December 27, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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