CONGRESS LOVES ME­DIA, NOT VOT­ERS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Imag­ine this: A sleek mem­ber of the press and an earnest likely voter are stand­ing side by side in the ro­tunda of the U.S. Capi­tol. Which one would at­tract the most at­ten­tion from pass­ing law­mak­ers? Un­for­tu­nately, new re­search re­veals a pre­dictable but shabby sce­nario. Jour­nal­ists ap­pear to mean more to mem­bers of Congress than vot­ers.

“Most vot­ers think Congress doesn’t lis­ten to them and is more in­ter­ested in mak­ing the me­dia happy,” notes a new Ras­mussen Re­ports sur­vey which found the 55 per­cent of likely vot­ers agree that typ­i­cal law­mak­ers care more about what the press thinks than what the vot­ing pub­lic might have in mind.

Just 30 per­cent say the av­er­age mem­ber of Congress cares more about those vot­ers. Yes, of course there’s a par­ti­san di­vide with this find­ing: 73 per­cent of vot­ers who sup­ported Pres­i­dent Trump, 62 per­cent of Repub­li­can vot­ers and 60 of in­de­pen­dent vot­ers agree that Congress cares more about me­dia sen­ti­ments, com­pared to 45 per­cent of Democrats.

“Forty-four per­cent of all vot­ers be­lieve most re­porters are try­ing to block Trump from pass­ing his agenda. By com­par­i­son, 48 per­cent said most re­porters were try­ing to help Pres­i­dent Obama pass his agenda in 2010,” the poll­ster noted. a Re­spect­ful and In­clu­sive Com­mu­nity pro­gram.”

The new clin­i­cian will also re­cruit stu­dents to “serve as role mod­els for men-iden­ti­fied stu­dents re­lated to the de­vel­op­ment of healthy re­la­tion­ships and healthy mas­culin­ity”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Vot­ers are un­der the im­pres­sion that jour­nal­ists mean more to the na­tion’s mem­bers of Congress than vot­ers, ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

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