A 53 percent majority of likely voters think neither party in Congress represents the American people, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll
That’s unchanged from a year ago, but up from 43 percent in October 2010. A total of 31 percent of respondents believe at least one of the parties represents the people, and 16 percent are undecided.
The polls show that Democrats are more enthusiastic about their party’s congressmen than Republicans are. While 63 percent of GOP voters think that Republicans in Congress have lost touch with the party base, 63 percent of Democratic voters think their congressmen represent party values well.
Just 36 percent of Republican voters believe their party has a plan for the future, compared to 68 percent of Democrats who see a plan from their party. Among independent voters, 48 percent believe Democrats have a plan, but only 21 percent feel that way about Republicans.
Overall, 55 percent of voters think Democrats have a plan, compared to 23 percent for Republicans. That’s a sharp turnaround from June, when 54 percent of voters thought the GOP had a plan, and 45 percent felt that way about Democrats.
Democrats lead Republicans on a generic congressional ballot 43 to 37 percent. Democrats have led on this question every week since Election Day, after the GOP led virtually every week prior to then for 3 1/2 years.
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