Poll: Members of Congress Motivated by Self Interest

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds a majority of Americans think Republican members of Congress are not making decisions in the best interest of the country.

The survey finds 77% of voters think Republicans in Congress are motivated by their own political interests. 63% say the same about Democrats. On the other hand, 52% say President Obama is motivated by what’s best for the country.

51% of Republicans think members of their own party are motivated by self interest, while 66% of Democrats say their party members in Congress are doing what’s best for the country.

From the WaPo’s Fix blog:

Now, to some extent, this is about unhappiness with Congress. Americans of both parties don’t have much patience for what leaders of both parties have done (or failed to do) in recent weeks, and that’s going to manifest itself in any polling question you ask — even about leaders of one’s own party.

But more than that, this is about the increasingly significant divide in the governing philosophy of the Republican Party.

The fact that most Republicans see their party as politically self-interested is driven in large part by those in the party who don’t support the tea party. Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of these non-tea party supporters see the GOP looking out for its own interests, first and foremost.