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
The Business Party controls Congress, aided and abetted by Republicans and Democrats.
I wonder how many realize the level of control is about to change in both branches of legislature.
The corporations, the lobbyists,
Gov't of, by, for the oligarchs
yes congress currently enjoys a super low approval, but does it tell them anything? ... we'll see how they get it wrong.
Officially, the Democrats control majority in the Senate and the Republicans control the house.
In reality, the Republicans can monkeywrench anything that comes through the Senate and a pathologically vociferous minority controls the House.
Behind the scenes, the REAL control is a moneyed elite working through K Street lobbying groups to pull the strings and get favors done for their clientele.
We decry the small time bribery, cronyism, and nepotism that goes on in foreign countries when the hypocritical United States' system is exactly the same on a MUCH MUCH larger scale.
Congress is controlled by those that pay for it. Let's start with the Kochs and go from there.
Congress is controlled by the military complex and their lobbyist.
Clearly, no one controls Congress.
I thought it was lobbyists and their clients
If the question is "which party is in charge?" then it is an easy question. If it is who exerts the most influence, then there is some room for debate.
Earlier today on CNN I saw at least ten people call it the Republican Congress.
When you wake up and realize that what goes on around you, in your schools, community, hospitals, local and state taxes, is within your power to effect. That's when you start to pay attention and begin to make a difference in the world. Until then you are putty in the hands of the man. Republicans vote every year to do away with public education. As our nation succumbs to this narrow elitist endeavor. People become less aware and more able to be manipulated and controlled by fear. Wake up!!!
"Do you know who controls Congress?"
it is not republicans/democrats, it is not Conservatives or liberals. it is all special interest groups. Can you say the health nsurance industry, can you say the oil industry, can you say the auto industry. Hell that is just 3 of how many? Come on CNN you can do better than that ( or maybe not).
The lobbyist control congress
Corporations control congress and frankly they prefer to keep the parties equal but thats about as much as they care. As long as they have a "team player" picked.
The Koch brothers, Fox News, ALEC, the NRA and Ronald Reagan posthumously (of course they like to forget how Reagan raised taxes so many times that they lost count, then whine about Obama). Let's see, Carl Rove, Grover Norquist (been kinda quiet), and Mitch McConnell...to name a few
(OPEC) write's a check to congress.. you see kids we need an independent party to help run this country and take our gov't back.. here's the truth
Accountant A = Democrats
Accountant B = Republicans
Accountant C = Independent
The ideology is Accountant A checks B, checks C and what C checks A
This my dear Fellow Americans is true (Checks) and balances... So until then there is not going to be a fair democracy...
You think you vote for a president LOL... No there appointed by bloodlines just like King ans Queens were in the medieval times... WAKE UP YOU FOOLS ALSO I WOULD like TO GIVE A ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO THE ILLUMINATI...... HATS OFF TO THE ALL SEEING EYE (THE TRUTH HAS SET US FREE)
Perhaps only stupid people participate in telephone polls. Most everyone else just hangs up.
The plutocrats who own everything and everyone.
"The Real Tom Paine
That explains how FOX can whip up the mob so quickly, since so few of them bother to learn current events, much less history."
If you look at the report, it is actually more of the liberal categories that didn't know which part controlled the House and Senate, not the conservatives. The group categorized as "Business Conservatives" were the most likely to know who is currently in power.
Maybe you should have said "That explains how CNN (or substitute in any other liberal leaning news outlet) can whip up the mob so quickly, since so few of them bother to learn current events, much less history."
Why Boehner Can’t Sue Obama .
Because he would have to sue GW Bush first ?
If I don't have politicians under my influence, I don't really care.
everyone knows ( but afraid to admit) that Corporations are running this country. They buy influence and political clout through donations to Politicians
not just democrats, not just republicans , it is ALL who is being bought.
Ban all corporate donations , special interest donations, Lobbyist donations, and PAC donations. they corrupt the entire system.
Who controls congress?
Phizer, Chevron, Goldman-Sachs, BP, Comcast, Astra-Zenica, GM...
The list is long and none of your names are on it.
If you think that the Republicans or Democrats are controlling this country, I admire your delusional idealism.
That is just really unbelievable! If you don't know what is going on then you are going to get screwed in life and not in just politics. Wake up Zombies before it is too late. The world is being destroyed and you are the problem. These so called "leaders" want to eat your brains and feed you bull so you better get a grip and start educating yourself about what is going on.