HISTORICAL LOW – Poll: Americans As Unhappy As Ever With Congress
Posted May 19, 2011on:
Americans voted to turn over control of Congress to Republicans last fall, but a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds they remain as unhappy as they have ever been with Capitol Hill.
By more than 2-1, voters say most members of Congress don’t deserve re-election, matching a historic low reached last spring. Twenty-eight percent say most members should get another term in office; 63% say most should be replaced.
Feverish discontent with Congress last year fueled the conservative Tea Party movement and cost Democrats their hold on the House. The levels of dyspepsia are higher than they were just before elections in 1994, 2006 and 2010, all years when control changed hands.
The failure of the new GOP majority to turn around attitudes isn’t a surprise, says John Pitney, a congressional scholar at Claremont McKenna College in California.
“The economy is still in tough shape, and if people read stories in the paper about Congress, words like ‘deadlock’ and ‘deficit’ come up,” he says. “That’s not a recipe for a happy electorate.”
That unhappiness typically is taken out on the party in power. Among incumbents, 52 Democrats and just two Republicans lost their House seats in November.