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Popularity of Congress Remains Extremely Low, but 90% Expected to Win Re-election

The percentage of Americans who think most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected this November continues to remain near record lows. From Gallup:

Trend: Please tell me whether you think each of the following political officeholders deserves to be re-elected, or not. How about -- most members of Congress?

While significantly more people think their own House member deserves re-election — 50 percent —  that number is notably lower than most recent elections.

This mid-term election is going to be marked by a historic level of disappointment and disdain for Congress. A Congress which has been the least productive in history.

Yet despite historically low approval ratings, at least 90 percent of members are expected to easily win their re-election. Maybe if the system didn’t aggressively insulate most members of Congress from any electoral consequences the institution wouldn’t have become so deeply unpopular.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is now living in the Washington DC area. He created a politics and policy blog, The Walker Report (http://jwalkerreport.blogspot.com/).

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