Poll finds voters eager to give Congress the boot

September 16, 2010

voteHere’s something for members of Congress to contemplate in the weeks leading up to the November mid-term elections: a lot of people want to send you packing.

That’s according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll that finds 55 percent of registered voters don’t think their own members of Congress deserve to be re-elected. That up from 47 percent in 2006 and 27 percent in 2004.

When asked about “most members of Congress,” a whopping 78 percent said they want someone new.

Fifty-eight of those surveyed said they disapprove of the performance of Democrats while Republicans got a 68 percent disapproval rating.

The overall approval rating for Congress stands at a low 21 percent.

The results are in line with other recent polls indicating widespread voter discontent with Congress.

This poll of CBS News/New York Times poll of 990 adults was conducted September 10-14 and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Joel Page (Outside a polling station in Portland, Maine Nov. 3, 2009)

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We need to clean house. Vote out the incumbants.

Posted by IDONTGETIT | Report as abusive

throw them all out–they have done absolutely nothing to change things–yes, there will be pain and maybe some suffering but in the long run it is better that they understand that most of us have had with congress a pox on the senate and the house and the presidency next

Posted by ilaboo | Report as abusive

And yet, come November we will send probably about 80% of incumbents right back to Washington. Those who are booted out will almost universally be replaced by Republicans – the party that has an even higher disapproval rating!

Where is the party that represents me and the people like me in America, the fiscally-conservative, socially-liberal millions who know that neither existing party represents anything remotely resembling our interests?

Posted by JackMack | Report as abusive