New Poll Shows More Americans Would Rather See Congress Drug Tested Than Welfare Recipients

give-sampleThere’s a line Republican often use when they’re trying to justify their propaganda and rhetoric: “We’re listening to the American people.”  I can’t count the times I’ve heard conservatives say this, even when polls overwhelmingly showed their stance on the issues was not what the majority of the American people supported.

The government shutdown is probably the most recent — and best — example of Republicans doing what they wanted while disregarding the will of the American people.  You can go ahead and throw immigration reform and universal background checks for all gun purchases in there as well.

Another issue many conservatives have claimed is a result of “listening to the American people” is this push within Republican-controlled states to drug test those who are applying for welfare.  And according to many polls that I’ve seen, they’re somewhat accurate.  Though the margins aren’t always massive, it does often appear that more Americans do favor drug testing individuals applying for welfare.

Oh, but there’s just one other thing — most Americans actually would like to see members of Congress drug tested as well.

Not only do most Americans want to see Congress drug tested, according to the poll done by YouGov, Americans favor drug testing members of Congress by 8% more than drug testing welfare applicants.

According to this poll, 54% of Americans favor drug testing welfare applicants, while 62% favor drug testing Congress.

After all, why would members of Congress oppose random drug testing?  If they nothing have to hide, why not pass legislation right now that would require members of Congress to submit to random drug testing?

Hell, they’re public employees paid by the taxpayers, right?  Why should our tax dollars go toward supporting their drug habit?  Isn’t that the argument they use in defense of these programs that drug test welfare applicants?

Alas, we know members of Congress will never be drug tested.  They would be the ones voting on whether or not to allow for random drug testing, and I can almost guarantee that it wouldn’t pass with the group of hypocrites we have now.

But I just can’t see the argument against this.  Like I said, members of Congress are public employees paid by taxpayers.  Many other public employees are required to take drug tests—so why not them?

I just find it truly hypocritical for many of these members of congress to go back to their home states and push for the drug testing of welfare applicants while fiercely opposing taking a drug test themselves.

And with 62% of Americans supporting drug testing for members of Congress, it’s an issue that the American people seem to be speaking loud and clear about.

But will members of Congress listen?  I seriously doubt it.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Pat

    I think everything about being a Congress member needs to be put up for review, including their salaries, (especially their being the ones to vote on giving themselves raises), pensions, term limits, vacation time, personal time, random drug-tests, etc. It’s about damn time that they start realizing what it is like for the rest of us to work in America. They have been living a completely different life with all they have given to them, and yet they hold the puppet strings to our lives and what’s best for us. It’s time for a complete overhaul, not just “drug testing”. How about we have the public vote for what they should receive in pay, benefits, etc.? I will be the first person in line in my district to vote on that referendum!!!

    • Stephen Barlow

      I REALLY think a Dun & Bradstreet portfolio research should be published on the ballot sheets, next to the donor list that states amounts taken.

  • majii

    I think they should also be required to take random breathalyzer tests. If I live to be 100, I’ll never forget reading about how the republicans were in the House drunk as skunks right before they decided to shutdown the government. If they had been democrats, the MSM would still be talking about it, and the GOPTPers would have either called for them to resign, voted to expel them, and/or voted to censor them. In states where GOPTP lawmakers have passed laws requiring those receiving government assistance to take a drug test, the results don’t support their claim that recipients of SNAP and other forms of government assistance are drug users. FL lost money when it had to reimburse testing fees to @97% of those who were tested and were found not to abuse drugs. It’s only in RW World where one can be guilty of something simply because one is poor, LGBTQ, a Person of Color, an atheist, one who practices Wicca, etc.

  • Stephen Barlow

    I would also like to know how many ProFetus/Child Abusers have forced their interns and mistresses to abort politically disasterous zygotes and embryos.

  • ZedBear

    In my view it’s entirely appropriate to drug-test Congress both while they are in office and later when they are drawing their rich pensions. But neither of the Democratic Senators in Colorado (Bennett and Udall) will respond on the topic (sorry, there are no Republican Senators in Colorado right now) Bennett did reply to me in non-responsive gobbledygook when I emailed him about supporting Rand Paul’s Constitutional Amendment binding Congress to the same laws it passes for other Americans, so I conclude that these are hardly Republican-blocked issues. In Colorado, the Democrats are the ones who need to start listening to the American people; there ARE NO Colorado Republicans in the Senate.