FedSmith Users Overwhelmingly Support Term Limits for Congress

Based on our latest survey, our readers left no doubt where they stand on wanting term limits for Members of Congress.

We asked our readers in a recent survey what their opinions were of having term limits for Members of Congress. The responses left no doubt: you said you want term limits.

We conducted a similar survey a couple of years ago which yielded very similar results, so apparently the sentiment among our readers has not changed.

Survey Results

94% of all respondents said they are in favor of term limits for Congress. However, very few of our readers think that it is likely to happen. 88% said it is “very unlikely” that term limits will be enacted, 10% said it is “somewhat likely” and the remaining responses (less than 1% each) rated the possibility as either “somewhat likely” or “very likely.”

Rating Congress

What did survey respondents think of the performance of Congress as an institution overall? Not much, apparently.

81% of respondents rated Congress’ performance as “poor,” 18% said “fair,” and only 1% said “very good.” Zero responses were given to the “excellent” option.

Political Affiliations of Respondents

Most survey respondents identified themselves as independents (41%). 31% said they were Republican, 16% said Democrat and 12% as another affiliation.

Bar graph showing the stated political affiliations of survey respondents: 16% Democrat, 31% Republican, 41% Independent and 12% other

The answers to the questions didn’t change much when broken out by political affiliation because they trended so far in a given direction. However, Democrats were slightly less in favor of term limits (14% said no versus 3% of Republicans and 6% of independent voters.

Democrats also gave Congress more unfavorable performance ratings than Republicans by just a bit (82% rated Congress poorly whereas 77% of Republicans did so).

Comments from Readers

The original article we posted presenting the survey sparked a debate in the comments about term limits. Opinions varied, but other issues were raised as well, such as the current length of terms for Representatives or compensation levels paid to politicians.

These are a sampling of what some people had to say:

You can join the debate in the comments below or on the previous article announcing the survey.

Our thanks to those of you who took the time to respond to the survey and share your comments!

About the Author

Ian Smith is one of the co-founders of FedSmith.com. He has over 20 years of combined experience in media and government services, having worked at two government contracting firms and an online news and web development company prior to his current role at FedSmith.