4:31pm

Fri August 12, 2011
All Politics are Local

Economics and Politics

 

Guaging  public sentiment on a wide variety of issues is common practice today.   But, political surveys may top the list.  And, assessing Congressional performance is a question routinely put before likely voters.

“Congress tends to be unpopular and has been for decades really since we’ve done polling…there’s some ups and downs, but this we’re reaching new lows every day at this point,” said Joe Gershtenson

.Joe Gershtenson is Director of Kentucky’s  Institute of Public Governance and Civic Engagement.  The political scientist says low ‘favorability’ numbers for Congress may not mean a major overhaul in membership.

“The dynamics of elections haven’t changed in terms of the need to raise money, the need to have some name recognition, and so it really creates some major barriers, obstacles to fundamental change,” added Gershtenson.

Gershtenson says the U.S. electoral system strongly encourages a two party format, which makes it difficult for a third party to gain traction.