Should our lawmakers be exempt from random drug tests? Guess not. A hefty majority of Americans - 78 percent - say members of Congress should be subject to such monitoring; 86 percent of Republicans and 77 percent of Democrats agree. So says a YouGov survey of close to 1,000 people released Thursday.
“Sixty-four percent of Americans support requiring welfare recipients to submit to drug tests, but even more are in favor of requiring congressmen to also prove that they do not take illegal drugs,” says Peter Moore, an analyst with the pollster.
Only airline pilots draw a stronger reaction, with 87 percent of the respondents supporting random tests for pilots.
Meanwhile, another two-thirds overall say lawmakers who are “arrested and convicted of possessing a small quantity of cocaine” should resign; 72 percent of the GOP and 67 percent of Democrats agree. And there’s a price: only 4 percent overall would vote for the guilty lawmaker - that includes 4 percent of Republicans and 6 percent of the Democrats.