People living in the United States think Congress needs a shakeup, but few of them say their representatives are the problem.
According to a poll from Gallup, 59% of those asked said their member of Congress deserves to be reelected. Support for incumbent members of Congress hasn’t been this high since 2012.
Most respondents approve of the work their representative has done, but nearly two-thirds believe other members of Congress should not be reelected. Only 35% of those asked thought that most members of Congress should be reelected. This sentiment is also at its highest point since 2012.
During the 2012 elections, not much changed for the representation of people in the U.S.. President Barack Obama was reelected after defeating Mitt Romney. Control of the Senate remained in the hands of Democrats while Republicans kept control of the House.
The trend in wanting to keep one’s representative but see most others lose reelection was not the case from 1996 to 2004. While there was still a slight disparity, support for personal representatives was above 60% and support for other incumbent members of Congress was above 50%.
Republicans and Democrats equally supported their local incumbent representatives, with 60% and 61% support for reelection, respectively.
There was a disparity as to how the two parties looked at other members of Congress. Forty-three percent of Democrats said other incumbent members of Congress should be elected; 29% of Republicans responded the same way. This likely reflects the fact that Republicans are in the minority in the House.
The poll included responses from 1,033 adults living in the U.S. It was conducted from Jan. 16-29, 10 months before the 2020 elections will be held, and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
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