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Americans Have Dismal View of Congress, So Why Do They Keep Re-electing Its Members?

There is an old saying in American politics: If you don’t like the politicians you’ve put in office, you can always “throw the bums out.” But that’s not how things often play out in the real world of politics in America. Americans overwhelmingly detest Congress as an institution, but, like clockwork, they keep re-electing their legislators every two years. Consider Congress’s dreary approval ratings ahead of the November 8 elections. According to a Gallup survey conducted October...

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