Americans have finally found something almost everyone can agree on. According to the latest Gallup poll, over three fourths of the country think we need a new Congress. “About three-quarters of registered voters (76%) say most members of Congress do not deserve re-election, the highest such percentage Gallup has measured in its 19-year history of asking this question. The 20% who say most members deserve to be re-elected is also a record low, by one percentage point.”
Congressional candidates should be nervous — in the 2010 “sweep” election, which replaced a vast number of incumbents, the percentage of people believing that Congress should not be re-elected was only 65 percent, a full 10 points less than it is now.
Talk about buyers’ remorse.
But as always, people still seem to be somewhat pleased with their own lawmakers. It’s just everyone else they think should go. “[V]oters were much more positive about their own member of Congress than lawmakers on Capitol Hill in general, with 39 percent saying the representative from their own congressional district should not be reelected, while 53 percent said their representative should be.”
Will 2012 be another sweep, or will loyalty to their own representative turn what looks like anti-incumbent rage into a movement that simply sputters out?
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