Americans don’t know, or care, which party controls House, Senate

SHARE Americans don’t know, or care, which party controls House, Senate

A new Gallup poll sheds light on how little some are invested in the U.S. political system.

The poll shows a little more than a third of Americans know which parties control the House and Senate, and only 40 percent say it truly matters.

Far fewer Republicans care about who is in control now than in 2010, when 61 percent did.

Here’s a closer look at the historical trend:

RELATED: America fails government test — in spectacular fashion

Those same Americans who don’t necessarily care about which party is in control also have trouble identifying who controls the House and Senate.

Thirty-six percent of Americans could correctly identify that the GOP controls the House and Democrats control the Senate. Of those surveyed, 14 percent were wrong on both.

From Gallup:

“Americans who are knowledgeable about who controls each house of Congress are significantly more likely than others to say party control of Congress matters greatly to them: 55 percent of the well-informed group say this, versus about a third or less of those who can’t properly identify party control. This highlights the divide in midterm politics between the politically concerned and informed subset of Americans — a proportion similar to the typical midterm turnout rate, near 40 percent — and the rest of the population that is less engaged politically.”

The Latest
The teen was shot in his head by a gunman who came up from behind him Wednesday in the 500 block of West 117th Street, police said.
Sarah Jackson Abedelal is also cooperating with the feds in their investigation, a move that could land her a lower sentence. Her sentencing hearing is being postponed while her cooperation continues.
“I’m super passionate and super happy for the guy on the mound for striking a guy out,” McGuire says.
Losing the two schools would be devastating for the Pac-12 and could lead to another round of conference realignment impacting every league in the Power Five.
The most frightening thing we’ve learned over the past six years is just how indifferent the vast majority of the Republican Party is to the rule of law, the Constitution, basic decency and truth