By Bob Unruh
One issue has brought America together at last – the question over whether members of Congress, who often have insider information about rules, regulations and laws that affect various companies and their stocks, should be allowed to buy and sell while they are in office.
That’s according to Convention of States Action, which worked The Trafalgar Group – one of America’s most accurate pollsters in 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2021 – on a new poll.
“In an era of hyper-partisanship, voters in all parties agree that members of Congress should not be enriching themselves using ‘insider information’ while serving the people,” explained Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action, “Congress has a history of passing laws that make it appear as if they are behaving ethically, while continuing to do things that are not honest nor ethical. This issue has received a lot of attention, and this data verifies the American people want this practice to end once and for all.”
The poll was conducted Dec. 17-21 and involved 1,076 likely general election voters.
The margin of error is 2.99% with a confidence level of 95%.
Among all respondents answering the question “Should members of Congress and their spouses be allowed to trade stocks while serving in Congress?” 75.9% said no – “It gives them an unfair advantage.”
The issue has come up over and over with various members of Congress, but most recently the focus of the controversy has been House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who, after decades of serving in Congress at considerable but not exorbitant salaries, is with her husband worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Only 4.8% said it was fine, while 19.3% did not have an opinion.
The separate political factions are largely in agreement with 69.4%% of Democrats holding the opinion it should not be allowed.
For the GOP, that figure was 78.2%, and for independents it was 79.5%.
Convention of States Action is a grassroots network of over five million supporters and volunteers, and Convention of States’ mission is to restore a culture of self-governance in America and to curtail federal overreach.
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