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09-22-2009, 11:26 AM
Americans Now View Congress As Least Respected Job

Monday, September 21, 2009

With the health care debate raging in Washington, D.C., thereís one change Americans clearly believe in: Members of Congress have now surpassed corporate CEOs to hold the least favorably regarded profession in the country.

Rasmussen Reports periodically asks adults their views of nine major professions. In both June and February, corporate chief executive officers rated at the very bottom, no surprise really given the countryís economic straits. Members of Congress in both surveys came in next to last - but not any more.

Just one-out-of-four Americans (25%) have a favor opinion of members of Congress. Seventy-two percent (72%) view them unfavorably. Thereís some intensity in that perception, too. Only four percent (4%) have a very favorable view of congressmen, while 37% view them very unfavorably.

Even 56% of Democrats have an unfavorable view of Congress although their party controls both the House and the Senate. Of course, their opposition pales next to the 86% of Republicans and 81% of adults not affiliated with either party who have an unfavorable opinion of Congress.

But then voters are evenly divided over whether a group of people randomly selected from the phone book would do a better job than the current Congress.

CEOs donít fare much better, with 27% who see them in a favorable light and 69% who regard them unfavorably. Only three percent (3%) have a very favorable opinion versus 35% with a very unfavorable one.

Government workers are more critical of CEOs than entrepreneurs and those who work for a private company.

For the third survey in a row, small business owners remain the most highly regarded profession. Ninety-four percent (94%) have a favorable view of them, while just three percent (3%) view them unfavorably. These numbers are little changed but slightly more positive than in the previous surveys.

This is a pity but it's hard to view it any other way.

Rasmussen (http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/general_business/september_2009/americans_now_view_congress_as_least_respected_job )