Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested members of Congress should get paid more, but a majority of Americans want the complete opposite


This would definitely represent a political tin ear. If there is one thing the average voter has a problem with, judging from many many posts on the subject on this site over the years, it is Congressional pay and the pension scheme Congress enjoys. Even in Washington DC $170,000/year should be enough to get by.

(From The Business Insider)

While a majority of Americans think members of Congress get paid too much, their concept of what Congress members already make is much lower than lawmakers’ actual salaries.

The median guess for a Congress member’s salary in the INSIDER survey was $132,500, well below the $174,000 lawmakers make.

So people think Congress is overpaid even though Congress is paid far more than what the public thinks.

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