Why America Re-Elects A Congress It Hates Americans don't like Congress. So why do we keep re-electing the same people? NPR's Ron Elving explains.
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Why America Re-Elects A Congress It Hates

Americans don't like Congress. Yet its members frequently serve there for 20, 30, even 50 years.

So, how do we explain such a dismal public approval rating for the institution, when people seem to like its component parts?

In this Ron's Office Hours, we look at the history of congressional approval ratings and the distinction between approval of Congress as a whole — and approval of individual representatives.