A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll has found more of the anti-incumbent sentiment that led to party changes in the U.S. House or Senate after the elections of 1994, 2006 and 2010.
A mere 24 percent of those surveyed believe members of Congress are worthy of re-election. That is the lowest score since Gallup started asking that question in 1991. Yet 56 percent of respondents believe their own Senate or House members should be re-elected.
In other words, “it’s those ‘other’ incumbents” who need to be voted out of office.
President Obama did not fare well in the poll. Only 47 percent of respondents thought he deserves re-election, while 51 percent said he does not. An associated question showed that Obama would edge an unnamed GOP candidate by a 49-45 margin.
Obama’s job approval rating varies widely locally. The president has a 54 percent rating in Illinois, a 49 percent rating in Iowa and a 42 percent rating in Missouri.
Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report, believes the nation is headed toward another sweeping election where one party loses at least 20 U.S. House seats.
“Is there substantial dissatisfaction with the direction of the country, with the way things are, with the people in charge? The answer to that is yes,” Rothenberg said.