The vast majority of Americans think the country is on the wrong track and disapprove of the job Congress is doing, a poll has found. Almost two-thirds of those responding said they would like to oust their own member of Congress.
The George Washington University Battleground Poll
, conducted Oct. 27-31, found that more than 85 percent of voters disapprove of the job Congress is doing, including 58 percent of voters who would like to see their own member of Congress replaced.
The survey of 1,000 registered likely voters also found that a majority disapprove of the job performance of President Barack Obama, including 44 percent of the electorate who strongly disapprove.
"Every political entity tested — President Obama, the Republicans in Congress, the Democrats in Congress, and the tea party — has a majority-unfavorable image," said the report's authors, Ed Goeas and Brian Nienaber.
They said that while the focus in the media has been on the collateral damage to Republicans as a result of the partial government shutdown, that is only part of the story.
"What has been missed, in the focus on Republicans in Congress, however, is that for a large part of the American electorate, especially independent voters, they have come to much more of a 'plague on both your houses' position, and in the process, the president's image has taken a big hit. In fact, for the first time in our polling, the president has both majority-unfavorable image and majority-disapproval rating," they said.
"As has all too often happened to presidents in their second term, there are signs throughout this data that raise the very real prospect that Barack Obama has lost the ability to lead this country."
The results also show that while 50 percent of voters blame Republicans in Congress for the shutdown, compared to 35 percent who blame the president and Democrats in Congress, a strong majority — or 58 percent — blame tea party supporters more than other Republicans in Congress, at 26 percent.
Still, the poll indicates that the issue has not caused a rift in the GOP, as both Republicans and self-identified strong tea party supporters poll at a similar level of support for Republicans on a generic congressional ballot.
"It is wishful thinking on the part of Democrats that this has caused a split among Republican voters," the authors said.
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