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This article discusses public evaluations and public approval of Congress's operations. The article discusses how evaluations of Congress as an institution and individual members of Congress have evolved over time. It also compares the ordinary American's approval of Congress and their approval of the other national governmental institutions in order to evaluate the degree to which congressional approval is unique and distinct. After comparing the public approval of Congress with other national governmental institutions, the article also compares people's evaluations of Congress with evaluations of other legislatures in America and in other countries. It also discusses the consequences of congressional evaluations for political elites and ordinary citizens. The article concludes with a discussion on several potential reforms that may affect congressional approval.
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