Friday, June 18, 2010

Fall Elections 2010 - #1870 - Douglas Schoen and Patrick Caddell - The U.S. of Throw the Bums Out - Wall Street Journal

The most important story from last week's primary elections is that, for the first time in recent memory, inexperience has become a badge of honor, as opposed to an impediment to winning office.
Voters are less and less inclined than ever before to support incumbent members of the Senate and the House for re-election. An unprecedented 2,300 new candidates are running for Congress. In a June Washington Post/ABC News Survey, only 29% of Americans said that they were inclined to support their House representative in November. That's an even lower percentage than in October 1994 (34%), on the eve of the Republican takeover of Congress when voters swept the Democrats out of power in that chamber after 40 years in the majority. Even more striking were the findings of a recent Gallup poll, where by a margin of nearly two-to-one (60%-32%) voters said they would rather vote for a candidate for Congress with no experience whatsoever than for a candidate who has been in Congress.  Read more.......

Obama Approval Drops to 41% in Rasmussen Tracking Poll - On Wednesday, when Barack Obama hit a new low in his approval ratings in the Rasmussen daily tracking poll, I predicted a short-lived bump that would disappear by the weekend. The initial response to his Tuesday-night Oval Office speech would be seen on Thursday and today, and I expected a small increase in approval despite the delivery of a widely-panned address that many are now comparing to Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech. Yesterday, Obama’s job approval went from 42% to 43% — but today, it’s dropped even lower than on Wednesday: The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 25% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-six percent (46%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21 (see trends). Read more.......

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