Incumbents Beware: Polls Show Heavy Voter Disapproval
Polls from before and after the government shutdown and default scare have shown that Americans are angry at congress. A new national research poll from USA TODAY and Princeton has illuminated just how their anger may manifest in the coming years elections — with many desirous of a nearly complete congressional replacement.
When respondees were asked whether or not Congress would be better or worse if most members was booted, only 4 percent thought things would change for the worse, and a majority — 47 percent — believed it “would change congress for the better.” Furthermore, 22 percent said that the deadlock in Congress would make them less likely to vote for incumbents next year. If members of the House of Representatives and Senate weren’t concerned for their jobs before, they certainly should be now. Especially hard hit by poll results were the Republicans.
“This is a real warning about the GOP pursuing this strategy in 2014. There’s a great internal debate in the GOP about whether any of these tactics made sense,” said political scientist, Steven Schier, of Carleton College. “The telling moment will come in January and February, when we face another debt limit and a possible shutdown,” Schier said.