Vast Majority Of Americans Believe Congress Should Not Get Re-elected

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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Charlotte S.
Charlotte S6 years ago

The current members of congress do not seem to have the best interests or intentions for "We the People", in fact they just keep a stalemate going each time a vote comes up to try and make things better. They just seem to want to tie the presidents hands and not let him make any of the changes he needs to make to help our country in one of our most desperate times of need.

We need government officials that do have our best interests at heart and we can make that happen with our votes! Please be the change you want to see.

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

DO not here to defend them...Ohhhh, too bad, she must be just crying her eyes out,lol

Frances C.
Frances C6 years ago

We must find a way to undo that most UN-American decision by the right wing Supreme Court, corporations are not persons no matter how you try to spin it. They want the moneyed people (large corporation, financial institutions, and the wealthy) to be able to buy elections so they will vote their way. Specifically no tax breaks for the wealthy. Or health care reform, women's and gay rights.

President Obama was not bought and paid for. He is for workers rights and Union rights, women's rights, gay rights, tax breaks for students, small business, and working people, for tax increases on the wealthy. President Obama is very intelligent, and he is a very decent man. The reason he picked Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State is because she is the most qualified for the job. Unlike some other Administrations he did not just choose an unqualified friend.

Louise F.
Louise Frontiero6 years ago

Clean sweep time --- watch out Republicans the 99% area comin ----

Rosemary G.
Rosemary G6 years ago

Shelley B I will correct you because considering how racist this country still is, I firmly believe that Obama was threatened and it was either to go along or being murdered along with his family..The Civil War has not ended yet..Look at the Circus around his birthcertificate all while this country was being bankrupted..Helloooooooooooooooooooooooo, Shelley and fellow Americans, wake up of your Fox induced coma and racist drugs.

Allyson D.
Allyson Dalton6 years ago

America is being run by the zionist illuminati, so it matters not who is in the white house as it is all a pack of lies to fool everyone into thinking that there are different sides.When Obama went against Clinton,she lost yet she then started working for him.The actual normal American citizens are not choosing it is a very corrupt system.

Shelley B.
Shelley Birnbaum6 years ago

Until we change the way the system works, for instance get rid of the electoral college system, and overturn Citizens United to keep corporate money out of elections, limit influence of lobbyists nothing will change. Look at how Obama was bought and corrupted. We need vasgt change.

Robby C.
Past Member 6 years ago

they're right. And BO should be impeached (well, except that he's inelligable anyway) & Holder, the whole house, senate, etc. In short, we need to clean house completely in 2012.

Marianna B M.

what for. bunch of morons greedy as sxxx.

Chad A.
Chad Anderson6 years ago

As always, people need to look closely at their own representatives and hold them to account for their real record, not just thei public image.