America to Congress: It’s Time to Look for Another Job
Eleven days into a partial government shutdown, six days away from exceeding our borrowing limit, and Americans want Congress to go. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that given the opportunity, 60 percent of Americans would vote every single member of Congress out of office, including their own representatives.
This is the highest share of Americans who would like to hit the ‘reset’ button in Washington since the poll began asking the question. In October of 2010, as headline unemployment hit a post-crisis high of 10 percent, only a slim majority of Americans — 50 percent to 47 percent — wanted to fire Congress, and the share increased to 54 percent in August 2011 in the wake of the last round of debt ceiling brinksmanship.
“We continue to use this number as a way to sort of understand how much revulsion there is,” said Peter Hart, a Democrat who co-conducted the poll with Republican Bill McInturff, according to NBC News. “We now have a new high-water mark.”