However the likely drama over how to fund the government past Sept. 30 unfolds, most Americans appear to have little faith in most lawmakers to do the right thing. Majorities believe that most members of Congress are “out of touch with average Americans” (79%), “focused on the needs of special interests” rather than the needs of their constituents (69%) and corrupt (52%). Americans are less critical of their own representatives, but substantial percentages say their own member of Congress is out of touch (48%), focused on special interests (47%) and corrupt (32%).
When discussing their own member of Congress, 1/3 say corrupt; almost half say out of touch and focused on special interests. When talking about their own member of Congress!
As to the race for the 13th Congressional district to replace Charles Rangel, the fact that Albany and Washington are not popular works in my favor. The establishment may think they have the advantage but I like my underdog status.