Americans Really Dislike Their Congress Right Now

More signs that American voters have reached a historic level of unhappiness with our Congress. From USA Today/Gallup:

Only 24% of those surveyed say most members of Congress deserve re-election, the lowest percentage since Gallup began asking the question in 1991. Fifty-six percent say their own representative deserves another term, similar to the levels just before tumultuous elections in 1994, 2006 and 2010 that changed control of the House or Senate.

The Gallup poll comes only days after a New York Times/CBS News poll found a record 82 percent disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job – the highest level ever in a NYT poll.

The American people are hurting because of the terrible economy, while at the same time Congress has become both more dysfunctional and more disconnected from the things regular Americans care about. Despite jobs being the dominant issue for regular Americans the only thing Congress has been talking about is the deficit. Many feel that Congress has been unable or simply unwilling to solve our immediate problems.

The 2012 election is shaping up to be the fourth election in a row that is likely to be very favorable to congressional challengers running on an outsider message.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at

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