70% of Voters Want Incumbents Out

Country approaches midterm elections in sour mood
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2010 4:48 AM CDT
Challenging an incumbent: J.D. Hayworth is joined by his wife as they deliver signatures to get his name on the GOP primary ballot to challenge Sen. John McCain, April 26, 2010, in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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(Newser) – Right, left, and center, voters are unhappy: A new poll shows Americans heading into the midterm elections in the most anti-incumbent mood since 1994, with less than a third of voters leaning toward backing their current representatives in November. "I'm not really happy right now with anybody," one voter said, echoing the sentiments of the three-quarters of independents, 70% of Republicans, and half of Democrats who say they won't vote for an incumbent this fall.

While the current trend could mean sizable House and Senate losses for the Democrats, the disgruntled public mood cuts both ways: Voters still trust Dems more than the GOP on the country's major problems by a double-digit margin, and trust in President Obama is high, the Washington Post reports. Those polled about which party's candidate they would choose if the election were held today favored Democrats by a slim margin, 48% to 43%.

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