65 percent say Congress doesn't read bills

Jan. 18, 2011 at 11:03 PM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Almost two-thirds of likely voters in the United States do not believe congressional representatives read bills before voting on them, a poll indicated Tuesday.

While 11 percent of those surveyed by Rasmussen Reports said they do not believe representatives read bills, 65 percent say they do not read them and 24 percent are unsure. Just before the healthcare vote in March, 20 percent of likely voters said they believed members of Congress had read the bill.

A large majority of those surveyed, 82 percent, said legislation should be posted online in its final form before votes except in emergencies. Only 8 percent disagreed.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said bills will be posted at least three days before votes. Only 6 percent say three days is adequate, with 33 percent advocating for one week and 59 percent for two.

Rasmussen surveyed 1,000 likely voters on Jan. 15 and Jan. 16. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

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