Tuesday, September 05, 2006

CNN.com: Voters are anti-incumbent and angry, new poll finds

CNN.com - Voters are anti-incumbent and angry, new poll finds: "Most Americans are angry about 'something' when it comes to how the country is run, and they are more likely than in previous years to vote for a challenger this November, a new poll suggests.

A majority of Americans surveyed -- and a higher percentage than recorded during the same time last year -- said things in the United States are going 'badly.' Among this year's respondents, 29 percent said 'pretty badly' and 25 percent -- up from 15 percent a month ago -- answered 'very badly.' By comparison, 37 percent described the way things are going as 'fairly well,' and 9 percent answered 'very well.'

Of these people, 76 percent said there was 'something' to be angry about in the country today. By comparison, 59 percent felt that way when polled in February. (Watch Bill Schneider's take on angry voters -- 1:40)


The number of respondents who consider the economy 'somewhat poor' rose from 31 percent to 34 percent, and the number who called the economy 'very poor' jumped from 16 percent to 22 percent.

A majority -- 55 percent -- said they are more likely to back a challenger in races on this year's ballot. Such anti-incumbent sentiment is higher than the 48 percent recorded as 'pro-challenger' in a similar survey in 1994, when the GOP took control of both houses of Congress."


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