Congress unpopular but unlikely to change much

congressHow can it be that Congress is so unpopular, with an approval rating of 16 percent, yet congressional incumbents are so overwhelmingly favored to win, even after “Cantored” became a verb last week? Looking at the new Gallup Poll, the Washington Post’s Fix blog observed: “The lowest approval rate prior to 2014 was in the Republican wave of 1994, when only 22 percent of Americans approved of the job that Congress was doing. And that year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, ‘only’ 90 percent of Congress won re-election.” The Fix added: “People tend to re-elect their own members of Congress, regardless of how they feel about Congress on the whole.  (They pay very little attention to politics and vote for the name they know over the one they don’t.)”