With public approval ratings for Congress consistently in the teens, it’s probably not too surprising that a majority of registered voters would like to clean out the entire Congress. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal
poll shows that 56 percent of voters feel that way.
The 56 percent figure is the highest registered in the survey since it began in March 2010. The anger with Congress appears to be evenly spread across the political spectrum. A total of 55 percent of liberals, 55 percent of moderates, and 58 percent of conservatives would like to see the entire Congress go bye-bye. So who says bipartisanship is dead?
And the Congress-bashers include their own representatives among those who should be fired, which is rare for a poll of this kind.
“We found the one area in which all people in the country agree,” said Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the survey with Democratic pollster Peter Hart.
When you put the above numbers together with a public approval rating for Congress at a near-record low of 13 percent, you have conditions that are unsafe for all members of Congress, McInturff said.
“People want Congress to get things done, act responsibly and fix the economy,” he said. “If they don’t,” they could be in trouble. “These guys are going to be running in a head wind,” McInturff said.
The House GOP isn’t immune, of course. A total of 31 percent of respondents say Republicans have brought the wrong kind of change to Congress, while only 12 percent say they have brought the right kind.
That’s quite a reversal from a year ago, when the GOP was coming off the glow of crushing election victories. At that point, 25 percent of voters thought Republicans would bring the right kind of change to Congress, besting the 20 percent who thought they would bring the wrong kind.
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