For The First Time Ever, Most Americans Don't Believe Their Congressional Rep Deserves Reelection

Tyler Durden's picture

Following years of destroying this country and acting as a spineless proxy only for Wall Street, Congress is facing a historic event: for the first time a majority of Americans are demanding a clean out of the House. The full poll indicating that yet another bloodbath is coming during the next election season can be found here, but here is CNN's commentary. "Only 41 percent of people questioned say the lawmaker in their district in the U.S. House of Representatives deserves to be re-elected - the first time ever in CNN polling that that figure has dropped below 50 percent. Forty-nine percent say their representative doesn't deserve to be re-elected in 2012. And with ten percent unsure, it's the first time that a majority has indicated that they would boot their representative out of office if they had the chance today." Time for a radical overhaul of the utterly criminal and corrupt American political system, preferably replacing it with one that will return democracy back to the system?


"That 41 percent, in the polling world, is an amazing figure. Throughout the past two decades, in good times and bad, Americans have always liked their own member of Congress despite abysmal ratings for Congress in general," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Now anti-incumbent sentiment is so strong that most Americans are no longer willing to give their own representative the benefit of the doubt.  If that holds up, it could be an early warning of an electorate that is angrier than any time in living memory."


As for all members of Congress, the poll indicates only a quarter of the public says most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected.


A lot of that anger seems directed toward the GOP.  According to the survey, favorable views of the Republican party dropped eight points over the past month, to 33 percent. Fifty-nine percent say they have an unfavorable view of the Republican party, an all-time high dating back to 1992 when the question was first asked.


The poll indicates that views of the Democratic party, by contrast, have remained fairly steady, with 47 percent saying they have a favorable view of the Democrats and an equal amount saying they hold an unfavorable view.


"The Democratic party, which had a favorable rating just a couple of points higher than the GOP in July, now has a 14-point advantage over the Republican party," adds Holland.

Our advice to career politicians: do not be an incumbent in the next few years. The same goes for presidents.

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Id fight Gandhi's picture

I don't blame them. They bungled the debt ceiling talks, don't know shit.

But voters will still vote them in.

BaBaBouy's picture


GOLD Just Hit new high, 1800 next stop ....?.....

wanklord's picture

It is time for Barry to govern by decree while invoking NSPD 51: suspend the Constitution, declare Martial Law, confiscate all types of guns -either by peaceful or coercive means- and place under strict quarantine those who may try to revolt (FEMA camps have been designed for such purpose).

Besides that, it is good to remind the audiences that Americans are a bunch of stupid animals easy to manipulate and subdue.The sooner the US economy collapses the better, so these brutes will finally learn NOT to live beyond their means.

ManufacturedOpinion's picture

And don't forget about all those electronic voting machines either.  We the sheeple will never really know just WHOM we voted for now, will we?




The only thing the USA manufactures these days is YOUR OPINION !!

whstlblwr's picture

Yes pointless to vote, you should not vote. *wink* *wink*

MassDecep's picture

You have to see it, to believe it!!!

They may give us some of the elections, but, you can bet your wife's sweet ass, they take the major ones. That explains Marxist Obummer.

rwe2late's picture

 Obama is not a "Marxist".

He does not nationalize the mega-corporations, but caters to them.

He is a fascist, a corporatist, aligned with global corporations, the MIC, and financial racketeers against the lower and middle classes.

Despite any palliative handouts downward, the flood of wealth is upward to an elite few.

Confusion about language leads to confusion about the problems. The solution is not to be found by "freeing" corporations from the imagined grip of imagined "Marxists". 

Nor is it to be found by allying with the corporations and the elite against the “handouts” to the lower classes. Those “handouts” upon inspection, turn out to be backdoor largesse for mega corporations and the rich. Health care primarily operates to subsidize big pharma and the insurance industry. Social Security has been a source of revenue for wars and bailouts. Only now when no surplus exists does default on the ‘borrowed funds’ become the popularized option.

Sudden Debt's picture

Well... the metal strip in a 100$ bill weights about 0,126 gramms....

it's made out of nickle....

Nickle costs about 9.5 dollar per kilo....

so you can make about 7936 strips out of 1 kilo....

so 7936 x 9,5 = 75.392$ in 100 dollar bills for 1 kilo of nickle....

1800/9,5 = about 189 kilo's of nickle are worth 1 ounce of gold....

so 189 x 75.392$ = 14.249.088$ for 1 ounce of gold

BUT!!!! I'm pretty sure the cotton/paper pulp is also worth something SO YOU BETTER ROUND IT DOWN TO 14 MILLION FOR 1 OUNCE A GOLD.


Anybody else have a math question?

cossack55's picture

No shit. Screw letting the criminal swine lay around on "retirement" for the rest of their stinkin' lives, beheading is a wonderful motivator.

Sudden Debt's picture




trav7777's picture

yeah, wake me up when they actually vote these bums out

andybev01's picture

Enjoy your nap Mr. Van Winkle.

fonestar's picture

Yeah vote "Tea Party" because they are reaaaal libertarians (republicans hmf hmf).


Hey I got a new slogan for the Teabaggers here:


Ya' know you could have a little coiled snake eating the US Constitution too!  Ya' know cause if you READ on them you will find a bunch of stooges financed by Palin, Beck, Murdoch, etc... And ya' know I'm sure during the next election all these Teabaggers are DEFINITELY going to vote for the Libertarian canidates and not Republican canidates.  What a joke!

whstlblwr's picture

Polls, I wonder where caller list come from. Random sampling? Widespread move to discredit Tea Party across media, will use polls too.

Anyone from Tea Party read this, need to talk of US dollar. Most Americans don't know they not doing better when stock market high if dollar down. They don't make connection. You need to connect for them. Talk of dollar, show it collapse. Talk all time of dollar and even poor man who get welfare understand.

fonestar's picture

Americans wouldn't know a real grass-roots movement if it came up and bitch-slapped them anymore.  Look at the Russian anarchists of 1905.  Now there was some real idealists, fighting real tyranny and going to the gallows for it.

whstlblwr's picture

Yes understand your biggest fear is we make change from within system. You prefer gallows.

fonestar's picture

Two party tyranny solved within a tyrannical two party system?  Me thinks not...

Rick64's picture

Americans wouldn't know a real grass-roots movement if it came up and bitch-slapped them anymore.

 If there ever was a true grass roots movement how long would it take before it was corrupted by the behind the scene powers? They will either use it to promote their agenda after of course they tell you everything you want to hear or label it communist, terrorists, socialist, unpatriotic, ect... if they can't compromise it.

V10's picture

Yup. Of all those Tea Partiers reps elected to take a hard stance on government finances, about 2/3rds were sweet-talked or brow-beaten into falling in line with the 'debt = wealth' crowd.

"When will people learn? Democracy. Doesn't. Work." - Homer Simpson

YHC-FTSE's picture


Thanks. Funniest slogan I've read all week. 

bam_son's picture

baahhh baahhh...?

Azannoth's picture

Who cares what the Ahmerikans think, the Congress went to consult with their REAL constituents

Cathartes Aura's picture

amrkns don't think, they watch. . . TV, iShit screens, sports 'n' porn, more TV.

when it comes to their nationstate, they're content to kick the reality can down the road by "voting" every two years - the time in between is too full of watching.

good link, nice to see amrkn congress-cretins are attending Beck's Big Rally.

War soon.

sabra1's picture

oBLAHma doesn't have to go through congress to cancel all future elections! he will be, the imperial leader! 

Whatta's picture

Tea Party to party in 2012?

Greater Fool's picture

Translated: Deliver all the pork you can to prospective employers before you're voted out of office.

I love representative government.

Howard_Beale's picture

Then look at banzai7's post on the top. Very symbiotic.

Bob's picture

That was a great Banzai post!

DaveyJones's picture

yes, great images today, especially the first

Cow's picture

I think Obama is going to take Ratigan's advice and get money out of politics.

As soon as he gets back from his $35k/plate fundraiser in Chicago


glenlloyd's picture

that's not a cow, it's a steer

pods's picture

Somehow I see a Funny Farm joke coming up.

Ummm, Lamb fries.


caerus's picture

what's going on, andy...? you're sinking into a pit of self-pity, defeatism, and alcohol... and you're enjoying it!


homme's picture

First comment. I usually lurk but wanted to say thank you for that link. I'm passing it on to everyone I know.

Dr. Engali's picture

Unfortunatly 90% will be voted back in.

Gene Parmesan's picture

DC needs an enema. Nationwide recall votes would be a start.

rwe2late's picture


Nor does it much matter even when incumbents are voted out.

So long as 95% of the voters remain loyal to either the red team or the blue team, TPTB wins.

Only 5% of the voters realize the red and the blue are owned by the same.

The only difference is the color of the jersey, for PR effect. 

You may select the dealer, but the house still wins.

Cathartes Aura's picture

what percentage are actually aware that it is the whole system, not the "human" parts, but the WHOLE structure that is rotten to the core, such that no "voting" will ever fix this?

DCFusor's picture

I've been pushing that line for quite awhile now.  Doesn't matter if you hate the new guy's views worse than the last - reality shows he won't be any different anyway.  It's going to take 1-2 more times of tossing incumbents for the new guys to "get the cluebat" that we didn't vote them in - we voted the other losers OUT.  The first time, the newbies think they have a mandate....wishful thinking, but....

Soapbox didn't work.  Ballot box not working yet.  Ammo box, ready.

11b40's picture

Actually, though I thought this could NEVER work when I first learned about it via the below email, there may be a better way.

For all of you who have been chellenging others to put up or shut up - to actually start doing something more than ranting on message boeards - perhaps this deserves a few minutes of your time.

And while I am of 2 minds about Thomas Friedman, here iu the link referenced in the email.

Subject: Fw: Welcome to Americans Elect!

Thomas Friedman wrote an article in the paper today about a viable 3rd party that is geared toward Independent voters across the US.  If you can get a copy, please read it.  The basics of the article explained how a new party is forming on the internet that will reflect voters who are fed up with the crooks in both parties we have now.  The party will nominate candidates in all 50 states and even participate in debates this coming year.

I'm sure you ether think this is a joke or a scam or a pipe dream.  I don't.  Out of curiosity and/or disgust with what we have now, read the article and then visit the web site.  Who knows, you may end up being on the inside track of something good.

ben z

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Critical Path's picture

Awakening from a slumber?  I sure as hell hope so

The only alternative is an all out clean sweep, no more voting for the lesser of two evils.  Just clean fucking house.

Iriestx's picture

" it's the first time that a majority has indicated that they would boot their representative out of office if they had the chance today"


And yet, when push comes to shove, they'll vote for them anyway.