Skip to comments.Americans' view of Congress at all-time low (new Gallup Poll finds 76% say vote 'em out)
Posted on 12/10/2011 1:20:00 PM PST by NormsRevenge
Americans' hostility toward members of Congress is at a record high, a new Gallup Poll found.
Seventy-six percent of those surveyed said most representatives do not deserve to be reelected, the highest number in the 19 years Gallup has asked the question and six points higher than in August, just after the contentious debate over raising the debt ceiling.
Only 20% said most members should be reelected, a record low.
"If voters' current sentiments toward Congress prevail through next November's election, it is possible that control of the House would flip back to the Democrats," wrote Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll.
It's just the latest negative metric for federal legislators. A Gallup Poll conducted in November put Congress' job approval rating at 13%, tying an all-time low.
Control of Congress will likely be overshadowed by the presidential race in 2012. But control of both the House, currently in Republican control, and the Senate, held narrowly by Democrats, are very much at stake.
The landscape in House races is uncertain as some states have yet to finalize new district boundaries, as required to reflect population shifts in the decennial census.
David Wasserman, who analyzes House races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, said voters' antipathy toward Congress is no guarantee that Democrats will have an advantage.
Democrats won control of the House in 2006 after 12 years of Republican control and added another 21 seats in 2008, when Barack Obama won the White House. But Republicans picked up 63 seats in the 2010 midterms to regain the chamber.
"I find it hard to believe that we'll have another big swing in the House," Wasserman said.
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Besides, most folks like their own Representative and think all the problems are caused by “those other people”.
The Democrats would have to moderate their policies and dump Pelosi to stand a chance.
But the Boehner RINOs should take no comfort from this poll. People are fed up with Congress’ inability to tame the monster federal deficit and to pare back the national debt.
LOL! You nailed it. That’s why this “vote ‘em out” nonsense is irrelevant and means absolutely nothing when it comes to November 2012.
My gerrymandered district is below and my Representative is "those other people"!
(But you are right, with computer gerrymandering almost no congressional districts are competitive nationwide. If anything the 2010 census shift to the Red States made change even less likely than before. The net effect is that if nothing will change in 2012, no matter what anyone from Gallup might say without thinking this through.)
76% say vote em out because there is no option to ‘drag them out and hang them’ to vote for
You're an idiot, Frank...it jut means current Republicans will be 'primaried' out on their ass; to be replaced by different Republicans. My current 'rep' is a pub, but I would NEVER vote for a CommieCrat to replace him...I would like to boot him in the GOP primary, though...
“it is possible that control of the House would flip back to the Democrats,”
That’s exactly what Harry Reid wants and is why he’s holding everything up.
“Besides, most folks like their own Representative and think all the problems are caused by those other people.”
I’d question whether most folks could even name their representative.
In 1974, many Republican voters foolishly sat on their hands and helped to turn the House into a veto-proof majority for the Democrats. This could happen again, but most will still vote to re-elect their own failed member.