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Sunday, October 5, 2008
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via Rasmussen: 59% Would Vote to Replace Entire Congress

If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, 59% of voters would like to throw them all out and start over again. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 17% would vote to keep the current legislators in office.

And, I have no doubt that if we had a national referendum, that there might be a support to actually push the reset button. However, the real question is whether the voters will toss out their own reps en masse. This strikes me as rather unlikely.

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  1. The fourth graf of that article gives a plausible explanation for Palin’s’ selection and continuing popularity:

    Only half (49%) believe that the current Congress is better than individuals selected at random from the phone book. Thirty-three percent (33%) believe a randomly selected group of Americans could do a better job and 19% are not sure (see crosstabs).

    Maybe that “random people could do better” idea is why Palin has been talking about representing Joe sixpacks and hockey moms so much.

    Comment by Len — Sunday, October 5, 2008 @ 6:30 pm

  2. Indeed. ;)

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Sunday, October 5, 2008 @ 6:40 pm

  3. i kind of understand the populace’s anger, especially since it seems there was some real warrant for their concern about the bill. i, in contrast, blithely followed our elite’s lead, clucking my tongue at all these left and right-winged populist nutjobs who’d rather let the country go down a depression than do what’s sensible. but the more i hear about the entire deal, i’m beginning to have doubts i didn’t have at the time.

    elitest that i am and all.

    Comment by — Monday, October 6, 2008 @ 3:51 am

  4. Since I’ve now come to view the congressional problem as systemic, I suspect the public frustration will continue to grow unabated, whatever the results of the elections.

    Comment by Polimom — Monday, October 6, 2008 @ 9:19 am

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