17 December 2011

The American public wants to oust incumbents

Not "news," really, but now some data from the Pew Research Center to support what has been increasingly apparent:
Sixty seven percent say they want to see most Members of Congress voted out in 2012, the highest that number has ever been in Pew polling. And, while people are more favorably inclined to see their own Member re-elected, (50 percent yes/33 percent no) those numbers still match historic lows...

Those numbers are remarkably stable across partisan lines; 58 percent of Republicans, 56 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of independents think it’s the Members not the institution that’s the problem...

Regardless of who gets the blame, it’s clear — for the 1,000th time — that the electorate is as fed up (if not more fed up) than they have been in recent memory. And that means being a politician in 2012 is a decidedly shaky career choice.
Sadly, most Americans express their anger by staying home during elections.  And of course there's no assurance that the newly elected representatives would be any better.


  1. Given that the new boss is likely to be no better than the old boss (no matter which party you choose), what can an American who's fed up with Congress do, other than stay home?

  2. The only way I can see to do that is level the playing field on how candidates can reach voters. But rather than more money into elections, I propose we get it out — all of it.


    Just like sensible drug policy, it's a demand problem: kill the demand and the supply will take care of itself.

  3. Nothing will change until money is kept out of politics in a meaningful way.

    Listening to Joe Public whine about 'throwing the bums' out is so tired.

  4. If accepting bribes became a capital offense, perhaps Congress would be more responsive to the electorate.


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