Ovation: CNN Poll Indicates Majority Believe Most Republicans In Congress Do Not Deserve Re-Election.
I guess people have been paying attention after all. Throughout the partial U.S. Government shutdown that all but crippled the nation’s economy during the first half of the month, it seemed that people on both sides of every issue eventually came to agree on one thing … representatives in Congress did not appear to be working for their constituents as much as they did for their parties.
Last weekend, ORC International conducted an international survey for CNN. In the poll, eight hundred forty-one adults nationwide were questioned by telephone and the findings were released yesterday. Here are some tidbits that you may or may not find surprising. (The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.)
- With more than a year to go until the 2014 midterm elections, Democrats have an eight-point advantage over the Republicans in an early indicator in the battle for control of Congress.
- Eighty percent believe the shutdown was bad for the country and the standoff has led to a loss of confidence and satisfaction in government.
- Seventy percent of respondents believe another shutdown is likely when current funding for the federal government runs out in the middle of next January.
- Seventy percent said that most member of Congress do not deserve to be re-elected.
- Forty percent say that their own representative doesn’t deserve another term.
“Although incumbent members of Congress of both parties are not very popular, the shutdown seems to have only affected views of GOP incumbents.” – CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
- Seventy-five percent of people questioned in the survey said that most congressional Republicans don’t deserved to be re-elected, 21 percentage points higher than the fifty-four percent who say most Democrats don’t deserve another term in office.
- Only twenty percent say most Republicans deserve to be re-elected while forty-two percent say the same thing about Democrats on Capitol Hill.
- Without naming any candidates, fifty percent of respondents indicate that they would vote for the Democrat in their district while forty-two percent would back a Republican candidate.
- Fifty-six percent think the Republican party is too extreme.
- Fifty-two percent say that the policies of the Democrats are generally mainstream.
“Any connection with the tea party movement isn’t helping the GOP. Six in 10 Americans now believe that the tea party movement is too extreme; only one in four consider it to be generally mainstream.” – CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
- Fifty-two percent say congressional Republicans were more responsible for the shutdown, with thirty-four percent blaming the President.
- Sixty-four percent believe the President had more of his demands met to end the shutdown.
- Twenty percent believe the Republicans in Congress were the winners.
- Fifty-five percent of the public say the Republican strategy to link the dismantling of parts of the Affordable Care Act to funding the government was a mistake.
Only a third of the people polled say they have a great deal or “some” confidence in the people who run the nation’s government and only fourteen percent say they are satisfied with the way the nation is being governed. In September of 1973, when the Watergate crisis was in full swing, polls indicated that twenty-six percent of the nation was still satisfied with the way the nation was being governed.
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