According to the latest Gallup Poll.
About three-quarters of registered voters (76%) say most members of Congress do not deserve re-election, the highest such percentage Gallup has measured in its 19-year history of asking this question. The 20% who say most members deserve to be re-elected is also a record low, by one percentage point.
This finding is from a Nov. 28-Dec. 1 Gallup poll, adding to the broad negativity toward Congress Americans have expressed this year. These include historically low congressional job approval ratings, low ratings of confidence in the legislative branch of government, and low ratings of confidence in Congress as an institution.
The 76% who say most members of Congress “do not deserve to be re-elected” is six points higher than the previous high of 70%, measured in August.
The trends on this measure have been progressively more negative since 2004. Voters were also more negative than positive in response to this measure through most of the early 1990s, but at least half of voters said most members deserved to be re-elected in Gallup polls conducted between 1998 and 2004.
A substantial majority of Republican (75%), independent (82%), and Democratic (68%) voters agree that most members of Congress do not deserve re-election — a sign of rare consensus about the legislative body in which both parties currently hold a leadership stake.
And, this finding is a surprise?
With redistricting in the states finishing up, the Presidential campaigns under full swing, more members of Congress may indeed decide to retire – on both sides of the aisle. I would not want to be an incument member of Congress, having to raise money and begging constituents to vote for them while the economy is mired in a recession.
I think voter sentiment in November 2012 will be throw them all out, including Obama.