Another New Low for Congress

Not many want to see members reelected: Gallup poll
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2011 8:59 AM CST
The US Capitol building is seen Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Another day, another record low for Congress: Just 20% of respondents in the latest Gallup poll believe most members should be reelected. And a record high, too: The poll also finds that 76% don't believe most representatives should be reelected. That's the highest number since Gallup started asking the question 19 years ago, and six points higher than it was in August, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"If voters' current sentiments toward Congress prevail through next November's election, it is possible that control of the House would flip back to the Democrats," writes the editor in chief of the poll. Of course, 53% of respondents say they'll reelect their own representatives. "Most voters believe Washington is broken because other people's congressman broke it," notes an analyst. (Read more Congress stories.)

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