Dissatisfaction with both parties is rife in America during the run-up to the midterm November elections, with most likely voters, including Republicans, Democrats and independents, thinking "it would be better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were defeated."
A new Rasmussen Reports survey
found that while Democrats feel their party is doing a better job representing their values than Republicans do, 61 percent of Democrats, 72 percent of Republicans and 76 percent of unaffiliated voters feel the U.S. would be better off if all incumbents were voted out of office.
Most satisfied with their party leaders' performance in Congress were Democrats, with 53 percent feeling their representatives have done a good job of representing their values, while Republicans were least satisfied, with only 28 percent believing that Republican congressmen are adequately standing up for GOP values.
The new poll confirms the results of a recent Pew Research Center survey
, which found that on four crucial issues — immigration reform, government spending, same-sex marriage and abortion — Republicans were much less satisfied than Democrats with how their elected officials were representing traditional party values.
Rasmussen surveyed 1,000 likely voters Sept. 21-22 and found that only 16 percent of all voters felt the House of Representatives was doing a good job and only 13 percent said they liked the job the Senate was doing.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., won the "honors" of being named the least popular representatives.
Voters generally said they trusted Republicans more to handle crucial issues of policy, but put their trust in Democrats when it came to issues like healthcare.
Overall, Rasmussen found that 62 percent of Republicans, versus 33 percent of Democrats, say their party has lost touch with its faithful.
The results show a slide in belief in their party's leaders among Democrats, since their belief that their representatives are doing a good job dropped 10 points, from 63 percent since April, and is the most dissatisfaction Democrats have shown with their leaders' performance in over four years.
Republicans are a little less happy than they were in April, when 59 percent felt their representatives were out of touch with their values.
About 54 percent of those polled said it is "somewhat likely" that the GOP will take the Senate in the midterms, including 20 percent who said it is "very likely."
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