Throw the Bums Out, Says Poll

Record numbers say congressional incumbents need to go
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2007 4:35 PM CST
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., listen to The Dalai Lama in this October photo. Neither party fares well in a new CNN poll. (AP Photo/Pablo...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Americans are so unhappy with Congress that they've set a polling record. Fifty-three percent of those surveyed in a new poll say most members shouldn’t be re-elected, which might foreshadow a rough 2008 for incumbents, CNN reports. Republicans inspired more anger than Democrats, with 38% and 50%, respectively, saying the party’s members deserve another term.

Voters’ own representatives generally fare better in this poll; this time around, 39% said their own members should be kicked out at the first opportunity—another record high. Again, Dems can find some solace in the figures: 53% of voters would choose Harry Reid’s party if elections were held today, while 42% would take Mitch McConnell’s.