Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Poll finds Americans in an anti-incumbent mood as midterm elections near

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Congress Donate to DU
alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-10 11:38 PM
Original message
Poll finds Americans in an anti-incumbent mood as midterm elections near
By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 28, 2010; A04

Members of Congress face the most anti-incumbent electorate since 1994, with less than a third of all voters saying they are inclined to support their representatives in November, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Dissatisfaction is widespread, crossing party lines, ideologies and virtually all groups of voters. Less than a quarter of independents and just three in 10 Republicans say they're leaning toward backing an incumbent this fall. Even among Democrats, who control the House, the Senate and the White House, opinion is evenly divided on the question.

"I'm not really happy right now with anybody" in Washington, Sandy Davis, 64, a Republican from Decatur, Ill. said in a follow-up interview. Although she expressed "mixed feelings" about a fresh crop of lawmakers, she added: "When the country was founded, those guys were all pretty new at it. How bad would it be?"

Still, for President Obama and his party, there are some positive signs in the poll. The public trusts Democrats more than Republicans to handle the major problems facing the country by a double-digit margin, giving Democrats a bigger lead than they held two months ago, when Congress was engaged in the long endgame over divisive health-care legislation. A majority continues to see Obama as "just about right" ideologically, despite repeated GOP efforts to define the president as outside the mainstream.

Those polled also say they trust Obama over Republicans in Congress to deal with the economy, health care and, by a large margin, financial regulatory reform. And the president continues to get positive marks on his overall job performance, with, for the first time since the fall, a majority of independents approving. Disaffection among independents with Obama's policies has been one of the major shifts in public opinion over the past year, making this small movement one to monitor over the coming months.

Read more:
Refresh | +4 Recommendations Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
Travis_0004 Donating Member (417 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-10 11:55 PM
Response to Original message
1. November 2nd is a day we can all be for unemployement
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-28-10 11:57 PM
Response to Original message
2. Despite the headline
I think the GOP will rue the anti-government beast they've raised. Think about it: those people would have been unlikely to vote for Dems anyway.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
Alison Matusak Donating Member (16 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-10-10 02:38 PM
Response to Original message
3. Unfortunately the Democrats are most of the incumbents
When the voters should know that these economic problems were caused by Republicans and deregulation
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Wed Jan 17th 2018, 10:34 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Congress Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC