A new NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll revealed that 60% of Americans would replace every single member of Congress, including their own representative. You can read the full poll in the NBC News article here.
That is an astonishing number for the American public to say they would throw every single member of Congress out. Not just their own representative, or just Republicans, or just Democrats, but every single member of Congress. There is a clear and present disdain for the men and women running our country’s government at the moment.
This is a number that has continued to rise since August 2011 when the last debt ceiling standoff in Congress put the nation in a state of crisis, and 54% of Americans said they would toss every lawmaker out of office.
Since 2011 more than half of the country is completely fed up with our current congressional leaders. However, an even more incredible stat is that in 2012, 90% of House members and 91% of Senators who sought re-election were re-elected by the American people.
How can 54% of the American people say they would replace every single member in Congress, including their own representative and then 9 out of 10 Americans re-elect the same lawmakers?
This is a very concerning issue because we currently have elected officials that are out of control and need to be tackled to stop driving the country into a downward spiral. However, we the people are the ones that put these individuals in office. This could probably be due to the fact that in a recent Gallup Poll, only 35% of Americans actually knew the name of their Representative and that representative’s party affiliation.
Voting is a right that all Americans have as citizens and if the past two weeks in Congress have proven anything to the American people, it is that our vote is a lot more important than we may think. Our votes put these individuals in Congress, and our votes are the only way to remove them from office.
2014 mid-term elections will prove if Americans are taking their right to vote more seriously, otherwise 90% of the current individuals destroying our country will be re-elected, again.
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