A recent study by the George Washington University Politics Poll shows that a majority of voters support President Joe Biden’s performance as commander in chief, even though the job of Congress is far less popular.
The poll, released July 26, showed that 51 percent approve of President Biden’s performance as CEO; 47% did not approve of the way he was running the position of president. When it comes to Congress, only 25 percent of respondents approved of their performance, while 69 percent disapproved.
The George Washington University Politics Survey also showed that Democratic voters trust state and local elections more than Republicans. Confidence in current political affairs is higher in Biden states than in Trump states.
“Most of the state and local officials who conduct our elections are longtime government employees whose goal is simply to aid our democracy run smoothly,” said Danny Hayes, a professor of political science and co-director of the latest survey.
“But if we get to a place where voters trust the electoral system only when their side wins, that undermines the idea of nonpartisan election management, which is essential to democracy.”
Other statistics from the poll show that 82 Republicans agree with the view that “it’s firm to trust election results when so many people vote for who gives a handout.” Only 15 percent of Democratic voters agreed.
Support for related issues such as free and sincere elections, freedom of expression, and peaceful protest is an equal voter turnout for Democrats and Republicans alike.
Moreover, 55 percent of Republicans support the use of force to maintain the “traditional American way of life,” compared to 15 percent of Democrats. Also, when the “patriotic Americans take the law into their own hands” scenario, 47 percent of Republicans were in favor of such measures versus only 9 percent of Democrats.
This survey was conducted June 4-23 jointly with the George Washington School of Media and Public Affairs, the Department of Political Science and the Graduate School of Political Administration. The survey included 1,753 registered voters, and the sample size was 2,500 voters as of October 2020. The poll was also conducted by YouGov to be representative of a national sample.
A 2019 Pew Research study showed that many Americans distrust Congress due to the idea that “influential people act unethically” in positions of power. Personality traits such as competence, honesty, and benevolence are at the core of these beliefs as well.
The study also showed that most Americans have more confidence in the way public K-12 principals, military leaders, and police officers handle their job responsibilities rather than members of Congress and technology industry leaders.