57% of Americans want to replace the entire Congress

57% of Americans want to replace the entire Congress

This should be theoretically devastating news for Democrats in Congress, and the Republicans along with them. But while the GOPers are learning their lesson, albeit at about the speed that Ted Kennedy took in reporting the accident at Chappaquiddick, Democrats just have no idea. They either don’t get it or they don’t care. Obama’s poll numbers are plummeting. Americans are getting angrier and angrier about the stimulus package and the amount of debt we’ve ratcheted up in the last six months. They don’t want Obama’s government run health care and they don’t want cap-and-trade, either.

It won’t stop Democrats from passing all of it though, even though it will likely cost them their power in Washington. In a year, Nancy Pelosi can go from being one of the most powerful people in the entire world to a nobody. For many of them, that would be devastating, because many of the politicians in Washington — Nancy Pelosi, for example — have done nothing except work in the world of politics. Many of them have literally no other job experience.

Unfortunately (for them), that looks to be a reality situation. Rasmussen is reporting that 57% of Americans want to see the entire Congress out of office.

If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, just 25% of voters nationwide would keep the current batch of legislators.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% would vote to replace the entire Congress and start all over again. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure how they would vote.

… While Democrats have become more supportive of the legislators, voters not affiliated with either major party have moved in the opposite direction. Today, 70% of those not affiliated with either major party would vote to replace all of the elected politicians in the House and Senate. That’s up from 62% last year.

Republicans, not surprisingly, overwhelmingly support replacing everyone in the Congress. Their views have not changed. But Republican voters are disenchanted with their team as much as the Congress itself: 69% of GOP Voters say Republicans in Congress are out of touch with the party base.

All of this spells out very bad news for politicians on both sides of the aisle, although it may be worse for Democrats. Of course the sentiment of wanting to vote out the entire Congress will change depending on which party is in office and who it is you’re polling. If Republicans hold Congress, Democrats will always want to vote them out, and vice versa. But what should send a shiver up Democrats’ spines is that the beloved independents are more disenfranchised now than they were last year.

And GOP voters are absolutely right, something the Republican party inside the beltway needs to understand. They are completely out of touch with the party base, regardless of what Meghan McCain might say. Next November, it’s looking like we might indeed get a whole new batch of legislators in Congress, and frankly, it’s probably just what this country needs: to finally get rid of the old corrupt bureaucrats and lifetime legislators.

Hat Tip: Free Republic

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  • smitty says:

    Linked you, with a substantial suggestion of how to attack the problem.

  • BobV says:

    I’m surprised. I didn’t think 57% of people were really paying that close attention.

  • Now let’s hold them accountable in 2010 and in 2012! We’ll set our own term limits.

  • Jay says:

    The Republican party baffles me. When Republicans run on a conservative platform, they usually win. Then they’ll push a conservative agenda for about three days, until some reporter or pundit announces that “the American people” are against this, perhaps based on some biased poll, or the fact that all his liberal friends are against it, or maybe just his own opinion. Then the Republicans promptly forget that “the American people” just voted FOR it, and they turn liberal.

    Oh, then they have this recurring idea that the way to win is to be “moderates”. Are liberals going to vote for someone whose 50% liberal when they can vote for someone whose 100% liberal? No. Are conservatives going to vote for someone whose only 50% conservative? Some will on the grounds that it’s better than the alternative, but many don’t bother. So year after year they give us these “centrist” “electable” candidates like John McCain and Bob Dole, and they turn out not to be so electable after all. But wow, they wouldn’t have a chance if they put forward some far right candidate, would they? No way that some extremist like Ronald Reagan could ever win an election.

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