So, you're a congressman who voted for President Obama's economic stimulus program, Obamacare, TARP, and cap-and-trade. How would you feel if you knew a week before the election that two-thirds of the registered voters in your district want to throw out you and the rest of Congress, and start over?
That's pretty much the message from the latest Rasmussen Reports survey of likely voters, 65 percent of whom say that, if they could next Tuesday, they would vote to toss out the entire Congress and start over. Only 20 percent of the respondents said they would keep the present Congress.
“Of course, the Political Class strongly disagrees. While 84% of Mainstream voters would opt to get rid of the entire Congress, 64% of the Political Class would vote instead to keep them all,” Rasmussen said.
“Not surprisingly, 82% of Republicans and 78% of unaffiliateds say dump them all. Despite their party’s control of both the House and Senate, Democratic voters are fairly evenly divided: 44% say it’s better to keep the entire Congress, but 38% would prefer to give all the national legislators the heave-ho.”
That's why I've been saying all year that the worst thing that can be said of any senator or representative in 2010 is not “Democrat” or “Republican,” but “Incumbent.”
Republicans are going to win big next week, but they better not think it's okay to go back to business as GOP-usual, according to Rasmussen.
“As for the party out of power but knocking on the door, just 29% view Republicans favorably, while 54% hold an unfavorable opinion of them,” Rasmussen said.
“Only 61% of Republicans offer a favorable opinion of the GOP, a figure perhaps reflective of the fact that most Republican voters believe their party leaders are out of touch with the base.”
For the rest of the Rasmussen report, go here.