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Poll: Most Americans think their member of Congress doesn’t deserve re-election

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 18:50 EDT
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Americans are more upset with their government than ever after lawmakers and the president reached an agreement to raise the debt ceiling until 2013 and cut the federal deficit by about $2.1 trillion over a 10-year period.

The majority of Americans don’t believe their own member of Congress deserves to be reelected, according to a CNN/ORC poll released on Tuesday.

Only 41 percent say the lawmaker who represents their Congressional district deserves reelection and 49 percent say their representative doesn’t deserve reelection in 2012.

It is the first time in CNN polling history that the figure has dropped below 50 percent.

“Now anti-incumbent sentiment is so strong that most Americans are no longer willing to give their own representative the benefit of the doubt,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland explained. “If that holds up, it could be an early warning of an electorate that is angrier than any time in living memory.”

The national survey also found that American’s view of the Republican Party dropped 8 points over the past month, to 33 percent. Favorable ratings for the tea party movement also dropped from 37 percent to 31 percent.

The Democratic Party now has a 14-point lead on the Republican Party and a 16-point lead over the tea party, with 47 percent of Americans saying they have a favorable view of Democrats.

The CNN/ORC poll comes a week after a CBS News/New York Times poll found that a record breaking 82 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job.

The two-stage debt ceiling deal, which was criticized by both tea party lawmakers and progressive Democrats, passed by a vote of 269 to 161 in the House and a vote of 74 to 26 in the Senate.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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