Nearly Half of Voters Would Replace Everyone in Congress
A new USA Today/Princeton poll has found that 47 percent of Americans said the country would be better off if everyone in Congress was replaced in 2014 and only four percent said the country would be worse off. This poll comes on the heels of a government shutdown that was largely blamed on Republicans, perhaps signaling a big negative response by voters in next year’s midterm elections.
Overall, the outcry against Republicans wasn’t all that overwhelming, at least not compared to the frustration with Washington as a whole. While 29 percent of respondents blame the Republicans for the shutdown and 12 percent blame the Democrats, 54 percent of those polled said they blame both parties. In total, 24 percent of people said they had a less favorable view of the Republican party after the shutdown while 11 percent said the same of the Democrats.
While the midterm elections are still more than a year away, the shutdown has clearly left a bitter taste in the mouths of voters. By the last day, just before a deal was struck, nearly 80 percent of Americans disapproved of the shutdown. Historically, dissatisfaction like this has signaled large waves of changes in the following election. In 1994, 40 percent of people polled believed the country would be better off if everyone in Congress was replaced. That year, Republicans took over the House for the first time since 1952 with a 54-seat swing. In 2006, it was 42 percent and the Democrats won an additional 31 seats in the House and six in the Senate. These trends have to alarm the GOP since they are already eight seats down in the Senate and just 31 seats up in the House.
Of course, the election isn’t being held anytime soon so a lot can happen between now and then. The deal brokered between the Democrats and Republicans merely kicked this debate down the road and the federal budget and debt ceiling issue will reemerge once again in January.