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Americans have never been so unlikely to re-elect their congressmen

Posted By Alexis Levinson On 12:55 AM 01/25/2014 In | No Comments

It is a bad year to be an incumbent.

A record low number of Americans think their member of Congress, or any member of the House of Representatives, deserves re-election according to a new Gallup poll.

The poll, released Friday, found that just 46 percent of registered voters think the U.S. representative that represents their home district should be sent back to Congress in the November election. Just 17 percent of registered voters think any member of Congress deserves re-election. Those numbers are both record lows in Gallup’s polling.

That dislike is bipartisan: only 17 percent of Republicans and 18 percent of Democrats think current members should keep their jobs.

The sentiment is in line with the miserable approval rating of Congress: 13 percent by Gallup’s count.

The poll surveyed 1,018 adults from January 5 through January 8, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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