Irate Voters Ready to Throw the Bums Out

Just 4% say we'd be worse off if every Congressman was replaced
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2013 7:33 AM CDT
Janette Dunder of Alexandria, Va., protests outside the Capitol building as Congress continues the budget battle Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Washington.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – The American people want to see some heads roll in Congress, with new polls out today showing that the shutdown has drastically soured voters on just about everyone. Just 4% of respondents said the country would be worse off if every single congressman were replaced in the 2014 elections, while 47% said it would be better off, according to a new USA Today/Princeton poll. Numbers that high generally foretell "wave" elections in which control of the House switches; in 1994, it was 40%, and in 2006 it was 42%.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll, meanwhile, finds that 75% aren't happy with how the political system is working—which is unsurprising, given that 81% disapproved of the shutdown. Both polls show Republicans taking most of the blame for the shutdown, and in the Post poll 63% had an unfavorable view of the party. But Democrats didn't exactly come away smelling like roses, either; more than 60% disapproved of their handling of the negotiations, and a record 49% had an unfavorable view of the party. (Read more poll numbers stories.)

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