Public Trust in Congress
is Far Too Low
Americans know that extreme partisanship has corroded our national legislature. Congress no longer tackles our country’s biggest issues, and, as a result, public confidence in Congress has plummeted over the last fifty years.
Public Trust in Congress from 1975 – 2019
PERCENT OF AMERICANS WHO ARE HIGHLY CONFIDENT IN CONGRESSCREDIT: GALLUP, CONFIDENCE IN INSTITUTIONS 1973-2019
Veteran Representation in Congress
is at a historic low.
Veterans represented more than half of Congress for much of the second half of the 20th Century. Although veterans have declined as a percent of the U.S population, the decline of veterans in Congress has been far more rapid. Veteran representation in Congress is near a historic low at less than 18%.
Amid the decline in veteran participation in national politics, we have seen both sides of the political spectrum become more partisan.
Average ideological scores of Democrats and Republicans in Congress have become more polarized.
+1 is extremely conservative, -1 is extremely liberal*CREDIT: VOTEVIEW
Those who served and are willing to put country before party share strengths and experience from which we can all benefit.