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63% Say Better for Country If Most of Congress Not Reelected

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63% Say Better for Country If Most of Congress Not Reelected

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

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Most voters think the country would be better off if the majority of the current Congress wasn’t reelected this November, and their confidence in their own congressman continues to fall. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of likely voters believe, generally speaking, that it would be better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were defeated this November. Just 19% disagree and say it would be better if most congressional incumbents were reelected. Another 18% aren’t sure. The Political Class strongly rejects these views, however. While 78% of Mainstream voters say it would be better for the country if most of the current Congress was turned out of office, 89% of the Political Class think it would be better if most were reelected.

The number of voters nationwide (61%) who give Congress a poor job performance rating is now at its highest level in more than three years. More voters also think most members of Congress are corrupt. Only 38% of all voters say their local representative in Congress deserves to be reelected, regardless of how Congress is doing overall. Thirty nine percent (39%) say their representative does not deserve reelection. Twenty-three percent (23%) are undecided.

In November, voters were also evenly divided on this question: 42% said their congressman should be reelected, and 42% disagreed. But then just 27% of voters say their representative in Congress is the best possible person for the job, down six points from late November. Forty-four percent (44%) say their congressional representative is not the best person for the job, and 29% more are not sure.

The latest numbers are explained in part by new findings that show voters are madder than ever at the current policies of the federal government. Part of the frustration is likely due to the belief of 60% of voters that neither Republican political leaders nor Democratic political leaders have a good understanding of what is needed today.

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