Poll from Pew Research
Congress’s Priorities — Jobs, Energy
81% say it is very important for Congress to address the job situation over the coming months, reflecting consistent concern among the public about the economy’s large job losses. There is no significant difference across party lines. 67% say it is very important for Congress to address the nation’s energy needs, including 75% of Democrats, 64% of independents and 61% of Republicans. 59% say that addressing immigration policy is very important, with Republicans 20 points more likely to say this than Democrats (69% vs. 49%). Only about a third (32%) says it is very important for Congress to address climate change in the coming months, including 47% of Democrats, 29% of independents and 17% of Republicans. This is consistent with earlier Pew Research surveys that show the public putting a relatively low priority on addressing climate change.
Continued Weak Ratings for Congress
* 13% say Congress is doing an excellent or good job, while 38% say it is doing only fair and 44% rate Congress’s job performance as poor. These ratings are largely unchanged from mid-March, when 17% said Congress was doing an excellent or good job.
* Republicans and independents give Congress equally negative job ratings. Majorities of Republicans (57%) and independents (55%) say Congress does a poor job.