Do you know who controls Congress?
June 26th, 2014
05:06 PM ET
1 month ago

Do you know who controls Congress?

Washington (CNN) - Just 40% of Americans know which political party controls the Senate and the House of Representatives, according to a national poll.

A Pew Research Center survey released Thursday also indicates that about a third of the public can correctly name which party controls one of the two chambers of Congress, with 28% coming up completely empty.

The poll also suggests that the more partisan a person, the more knowledgeable they are about the current political landscape on Capitol Hill. The survey divided Americans into seven political groups, and the three most ideological and partisan groups scored higher on the question of control of Congress than the rest of the categories.

Sixty-nine percent of business conservatives, 60% of solid liberals, and 54% of steadfast conservatives were able to correctly answer that the Democrats control the Senate and the Republicans control the House.

The Pew Research Center poll was conducted January 23-March 16, with 10,013 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus two percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Bradley Olsen

    Since it takes 60 votes in the Senate to do anything, I guess the repubs control both houses.

    June 27, 2014 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  2. TomInRochNY

    And, this would be exactly why we're screwed up as a nation. Why aren't we teaching our children more about civics?

    June 27, 2014 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  3. jj

    Major Corporations do. Next question...

    June 27, 2014 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  4. Tank Commander

    The answer has been obvious for years; the people with the most money. There is no democracy, it's simply a blind. What we have is a dictatorship by the rich, using puppets.

    June 27, 2014 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  5. Tim O'Callaghan

    well........all of that doesn't seem to fit too well with my personal observations.......i've been pretty well convinced that 1%ers controlled both the house and senate.........not to mention the supreme court and the executive branch

    June 27, 2014 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  6. Tommy G

    Just 40% of Americans know which political party controls the Senate and the House of Representatives, according to a national poll.
    A Pew Research Center survey released Thursday also indicates that about a third of the public can correctly name which party controls one of the two chambers of Congress, with 28% coming up completely empty.
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    And all of these uneducated, uninformed idiots are exactly the people that the Democrats/Obama target to vote for them. They will believe anything they hear because they are too dumb to know better. Why do you think the Democrat smear and lie machine aided by the liberal left wing media engages in non-stop pumping up of Democrats & Obama while attacking and ridiculing conservatives and Republicans?

    Dumb people = uninformed voters = Obama election = Disaster

    June 27, 2014 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  7. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    I know but I'm sure many do not and that's quite sad.

    June 27, 2014 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
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