The fewest number of people ever want their own member of Congress reelected in a new poll, with less than half saying they’d support their own representative’s return to Washington.
Just 46 percent of registered voters think the U.S. representative in their district deserves to be reelected, according to a Gallup poll released Friday, a record low in Gallup’s polling on the topic.
Speaking more generally, voters also had a record-low opinion of whether Congress as a whole should return to D.C.
Less than one in five voters feel most members of Congress deserve to keep their jobs in the next election, at just 17 percent.
Gallup suggests that the low marks might result in a heavy turnover in seats in the upcoming 2014 elections. In the past, pollsters find that when 41 percent or less of voters say most in Congress deserve reelection during an election year, there is a greater percentage of seats turned over.
In the 2010 wave election that saw 15 percent of all congressional seats turned over, 30 percent of voters said most of Congress deserved reelection, nearly double Friday’s level.
Gallup surveyed 1,018 adults from Jan. 5 to 8 for the poll, which has an error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
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