Poll: Voters Ready to Kick Congress to the Curb in 2014

Historic number of voters are ready to throw out Congress, including their own member.

Speaker of the House John Boehner swears in members of the 113th U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 2013. Congress members are facing an especially tough election in 2014.
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A wave congressional election may be heading to Capitol Hill.

A new Gallup Poll found a record number of constituents believe their lawmaker does not deserve to be re-elected.

"Congress could be in for a major shake-up," the pollsters write, alongside their report released Friday morning. "With so few voters saying they are willing to re-elect their own representative, it suggests that many officeholders will be vulnerable, if not in the general election, then perhaps in the host of competitive primaries soon to take place."

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Only 46 percent of Americans, according to the poll, would vote for their representative again.

The poll runs counter to the trend that has dominated American politics in the past. Throughout the last few decades, even when fed up with Congress, a majority of Americans still prefered their own lawmaker to an outsider.

Now that attitude has shifted. The poll showed just 17 percent of Americans believe that most of the lawmakers in Congress deserve re-election.That number has dropped by 22 points since 2008 and is a telling predictor of major turnovers in Congress.

In 2006 and 2010, both major wave election years, 39 percent and 30 percent of voters respectively believed Congress deserved to be re-elected. Now that number is far below those averages.

Both Republicans and Democrats are equally irritated with Washington, with only 18 percent of respondents in either party believing most of the members of Congress deserve to go back to Capitol Hill.

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If results are the name of the game, it's easy to understand why the American people might be fed up. So far, the 113th Congress has proven itself to be historically unproductive. In all of 2013, Congress managed to approve just more than 60 laws, the lowest on record since President Bill Clinton went up against a GOP-controlled House in 1995 and passed just 88 bills.

Roughly 1,000 people were polled between Jan. 5 - 8. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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