Most Americans don't like their own member of Congress: poll

Written By Chad Merda Posted: 08/05/2014, 08:37am

How much worse could things get for Congress? Not only do Americans say the best way to fix Congress is to fire everyone (but it rarely happens), a new poll reveals just how fed up voters are with Congress. Specifically, they’re pointing the finger directly at their own member like never before.

The Washington Post-ABC poll shows that 51 percent of voters disapprove of their own member of Congress. In the quarter-century that the Post-ABC has been asking the question, this is the first time it’s ever eclipsed the 50-percent mark. Only 41 percent approve of their own member.

This is just another string in a long list of hits Congress has been taking of late, with its approval rating at near all-time lows.

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In July, the overall approval rating sat at 15 percent, according to a Gallup poll, while in May, only 22 percent of voters say Congress deserves to be re-elected.

Overall, Democrats fare better in the Post-ABC poll than Republicans, with 49 percent of those polled having a favorable view of Democrats, compared to 35 percent for the GOP.

Even with that in mind, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight says the GOP has a 60 percent chance of taking control of the Senate in November.

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