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Seven in Ten Support Banning Members of Congress From Buying Stocks While in Office

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 By Bryan Bennett
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Key takeaways
  • A majority say they have felt “frustrated” since Biden was elected, though that number jumps to seven in ten when Biden’s presidency is not provided as context.
  • Bipartisan majorities support new legislation to limit the ability of members of Congress to trade stocks while in office.
  • There has been an increase in the share of Americans who report hearing about the Freedom to Vote Act as a majority continue to support it.

Americans Are Divided on the Direction of the Country Compared to a Year Ago, With or Without the Context of Biden

Without mentioning Biden taking office, 45% of Americans say the country is headed in a worse direction; with mention of the president, 47% say the same.

  • Among Republicans, without context of Biden, 78% say “worse”: with, the number jumps to 87%.

While Half Feel “Frustrated” Since Biden Was Elected, Far More “Frustrated” In General Than With Biden

Provided the context of “since Biden was elected,” 64% of Democrats say they feel “hopeful,” 43% “relieved,” and 30% “excited.”

Though Both Congressional Democrats and Republicans Are Underwater, Republicans Are More Deeply So

Among independents, while net approval for Democrats in Congress is at -27, for Republicans in Congress, it is at net -41.

  • While Democrats in Congress are at +54 among Democrats, Republicans in Congress are at just +25 among Republicans.

Pandemic Is First Priority for One in Four Americans

Democrats (36%) and independents (32%) rank the pandemic as their #1 issue, while just 11% of Republicans do the same; Republicans’ top issues are jobs and the economy (18%), inflation (18%), and immigration (12%).

New Legislation to Ban Members of Congress from Trading Stocks Earns Majority Bipartisan Support

Two in three Americans across party lines support legislation that would limit the ability of members of Congress from trading stocks in office.

There Has Been an Uptick in Familiarity With the Freedom to Vote Act as Majorities Continue to Support It

There was a 19-point uptick among independents hearing about the Freedom to Vote Act in the last two weeks as net support ticked up 3 points; Republican support for the legislation dropped 25 points in the same period of time.

Seven in Ten Say Passing Voting Rights Legislation Is Important

A majority say passing voting rights legislation is “very important,” including 43% of independents and 33% of Republicans.

Three in Five Report Understanding the Filibuster While a Plurality Support Eliminating It

Nearly two in five independents support eliminating the filibuster (38%), while 31% say they are not sure.

About The Study

This release features findings from national online surveys of 1,000 registered voters conducted January 20-24, 2022. Additional interviews were conducted among 100 Hispanic voters, 100 African American voters, 100 independents without a partisan lean, and 75 Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.

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In a world where the news cycle is the length of a tweet, our leaders often lack the real-time public-sentiment analysis to shape the best approaches to talking about the issues that matter the most. Navigator is designed to act as a consistent, flexible, responsive tool to inform policy debates by conducting research and reliable guidance to inform allies, elected leaders, and the press. Navigator is a project led by pollsters from Global Strategy Group and GBAO along with an advisory committee, including: Andrea Purse, progressive strategist; Arkadi Gerney, The Hub Project; Joel Payne, The Hub Project; Christina Reynolds, EMILY’s List; Delvone Michael, Working Families; Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute; Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO; Jesse Ferguson, progressive strategist; Navin Nayak, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Stephanie Valencia, EquisLabs; and Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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