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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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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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