Gallup Poll: Anti-Incumbent Mood at Record High
More than three-in-four voters say most members of Congress don't deserve to be reelected in a new Gallup poll released early Friday, a sign that the volatility of the three most recent Congressional elections is likely to continue into 2012.
Just 20 percent say most members of Congress deserve reelection, a record low, while 76 percent say they do not deserve to be reelected, the highest percentage Gallup has measured in the 19 years since they began asking the question. Majorities of Democrats (68 percent), Republicans (75 percent) and independents (82 percent) think most members do not deserve reelection.
Voters remain more positive about their own member of Congress -- 53 percent say their representative deserves to be reelected, compared to 39 percent who don't -- but those numbers are historically low, Gallup reports. Last year, the percentage of voters who said their representative deserved to be reelected cratered at 49 percent, just one above the record low, in 1992.
Meanwhile, the percentage of Americans who say that President Obama deserves to be reelected remains historically low as well. Just 43 percent of voters say he deserves to be reelected, while 55 percent say he does not. In August, 47 percent said he deserved reelection, and half of voters said he did not.
The Gallup poll was conducted Nov. 28-Dec. 1, surveying 903 registered voters. The margin of error is +/- 3.3 percent.