Trading Places

I missed this last week, but a recent Gallup survey shows the public’s disdain for the current Congress and its members:

A whopping 76 percent of Americans do not believe that most members of Congress deserve to be reelected. This is in addition to Congress’ historically low approval ratings — 13 percent approval in the last Gallup survey — and the public’s intense dislike of Congress; 64 percent of Americans rate the ethics and honesty of congressmembers at low or very low.

To repeat a point I’ve made several times over the last few months, there’s a fair chance that we’ll see an outright reversal in the partisan composition of government next year. In other words, Republicans would walk away with the Senate and the White House, while Democrats would retake the House. Even if Democrats keep the Senate or the White House, the public is clearly dissastisfied with Congress — something has to give.

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The relevant metric, though, is not "Should everybody else's Member of Congress be voted out of office" - it's whether or not people will continue to vote for their own Member of Congress.

I'm reminded of surveys about parental attitudes toward schools, in which they tend to give their child's school a much higher grade than schools in general.

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