Budget Remained Top of Mind in April

Budget continued to be the top issue on the Congressional Conversation Index (CCI) for the month of April. This was the second month in a row that budget was the issue of most concern for constituents. This was most likely due to the fact that the budget proposal was a major issue in Congress during […]

Budget Rockets to Top of March CCI, Amid Federal Shutdown Scare

Budget overtook health care as the top issue on the Congressional Conversation Index (CCI) in the month of March, most likely due to fear of a federal government shutdown that was only just resolved at the beginning of April. With 565 total contacts, budget was clearly the topic constituents were most concerned with amidst the […]

Healthcare Still the Frontrunner on the Congressional Conversation Index

Healthcare was still top of mind for constituents during the month of February, though with a much lower number of contacts than in January. It is worth noting that, while the number of healthcare contacts dropped significantly from January’s numbers, the rest of the top ten issues reported significantly higher numbers than the previous month. […]

Welcoming the 112th Congress, 2011 Begins With Focus on Healthcare

The 112th Congress convened for the first time on Jan. 3, marking the beginning of a Republican majority in the House of Representatives and a Democrat-controlled Senate. This is the first Congress in which the House and the Senate have had opposing majorities since the 107th Congress. Healthcare took a staggering lead on the Congressional […]

2010 Ends With Taxes Topping Congressional Conversation Index

As midterm election results settled in and the 111th Congress returned for a lame duck session, representatives focused on passing a continuing resolution to keep the federal government operating into the New Year and reaching a compromise on the proposed extension of the Bush tax cuts.  As a result, taxes rose again to be the […]

Health Care and Taxes Top Constituent Concern in November

The number of times constituents reached out to their representatives increased sharply as Congress re-convened this past month, with health care reclaiming the top spot as the issue of most concern. An average of 140 constituents wrote, emailed or called their representatives to discuss issues related to health care, while an average of 95 constituents […]

Except Social Security, Constituent Contact Drops in October

The average number of recorded contacts from constituents dropped in October on all issues, with the exception of Social Security. Fewer constituents reached out to their representatives via letters, emails and phone calls in general, likely due to the Congressional recess. The announcement that there would be no cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for 2011, however, sparked engagement […]

Health Care and Taxes Topped the Congressional Conversation Index in September

Concern over health care and taxes were top of mind for constituents according to September’s Congressional Conversation Index. Members of Congress were contacted by their constituents on these two issues more than any other last month. Health care (104.8 average contacts per member) edged out taxes (100.8) for the top spot. This is not the […]

Concern over Taxes Welcomes Congress Back to Session

Taxes took the top spot on the Congressional Conversation Index (CCI) for August, as the pace in DC slowed for Congressional recess. Overall contact from constituents throughout the month was down across the board, with the top five issues receiving only roughly 70-80 contacts each. Over the past several months, constituents have appeared to focus […]

Immigration Concern Spikes in Congress

Immigration has risen again to the top of the list of issues eliciting citizen engagement with Congress in July. The issue has dominated throughout the past three months, ranking number one in May and coming in third for June. Data from the Congressional Conversation Index (CCI) shows that concern over immigration has risen by roughly […]