According to a new national survey, for the first time ever most Americans don't believe their own member of Congress deserves re-election.Of course, it's too early to see if this attitude will hold until election time. However, assuming the parties hold onto their incumbents rather than run new blood in their place, this has got to be good news for liberals.
And the CNN/ORC International Poll released Tuesday also indicates that while Republicans may have had the upper hand in the recent battle over raising the debt ceiling, they appear to have lost a lot of ground with the public and the party's unfavorable rating is now at an all time high.
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.
"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."
And bad news for stability, but that ship has sailed already.
We could also lose Obama next year but with Republican disapproval at an all time high, I don't think Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann is in line to replace him.