Disrespecting the Voters

How voters feel about members of Congress who don’t dress professionally

Nearly 6 in 10 voters agree that when members of Congress cast votes and conduct official business wearing casual clothing, it is a sign of disrespect to the American people and to the American system of representative democracy itself.

  • Democrats are narrowly divided, while Republicans overwhelmingly agree.

WHY IT MATTERS – The Senate recently backtracked on a rule change that would have allowed Senators to cast votes and conduct business on the Senator floor wearing casual clothing like hooded sweatshirts, shorts and open toed sandals.

  • The original change was widely seen as an accommodation to Senator John Fetterman (D-PA), who often wears shorts and hooded sweatshirts throughout the Capitol.

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