Wall Street Journal
July 6, 2013
Despite the last few years’ plummeting government approval ratings, the percentage of parents who want their children to go into politics when they grow up has remained remarkably steady, according to a new Gallup poll released on July 4.
According to the survey, 64% of Americans don’t want their child to become a politician, with 31% saying that they do. In 1995, when parents were asked whether they wanted their son or daughter to become a politician, 32% and 34% said they did, respectively.
The steady numbers come amid broad public disdain for political institutions. In a June Gallup poll, for instance, Congress had a job approval rating of just 17%. That’s been on a sharp downward trend in recent years, from approval ratings in the 40s as recently as 2005.