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Poll: Incumbent Support Hits A 16-year Low

April 30, 2010 by  

Poll: Incumbent support hits a 16-year low According to a new ABC News poll, fewer than one-third of registered voters plan to back their current representatives in Congress in the upcoming November elections. This marks the greatest level of voter discontent regarding incumbents since the Republican Party took control of the House and Senate in 1994.

However, the poll also found that registered Democrats were far more likely to vote for current members of Congress than were Republicans and independents.

While most political pundits assume the Democrats will fail to maintain their considerable majority in Congress this November, the survey revealed some positive signs for President Obama and his party.

In the party-to-party measure, a total of 46 percent of Americans said they trust Democrats to handle the main problems facing the country, compared to just 32 percent who favored Republicans.

The poll also indicated that an overwhelming majority of Americans blame former President George W. Bush for the current state of the economy and the ballooning budget deficit, while just more than one-quarter find Obama to be the most culpable.
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