Most Americans do not believe current members of U.S. Congress should be reelected, new poll finds

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press) 

Most Americans do not believe current members of Congress deserve to be reelected, a new poll finds.

A Gallup poll released Monday found that only 19 percent of registered voters say most members of Congress deserve to be reelected. This the second lowest figure since Gallup first started asking the question in 1992.

People feel more positively about their own congressman or woman. Fifty percent say their representative deserves reelection, but only 29 percent say their representative is “doing a good job.”

Among those who don’t believe their congressman deserves reelection, 26 percent say they are not doing their job. About 15 percent believe their representatives have been there too long, and 12 percent say their lawmaker does not represent their district well.

Despite low polling numbers and apparent support, the reelection rate for members of Congress is extremely high. In the 2012 election, this rate was 90 percent for the U.S. House of Representatives and 91 percent for the U.S. Senate, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The reelection rate for House members has stayed at 85 percent or higher since 1964. The Senate has seen bigger changes, dipping to 55 percent in 1980 with the so-called Reagan wave, but mostly stays at or above an 80 percent reelection rate.

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