12 Polls That Prove That The American People Are Really, Really Pissed Off As Election Day 2010 Approaches

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The American people are mad.  No, check that, they are steaming mad.  In the weeks leading up to the election, poll after poll after poll has shown that the American people are angrier at government than at any other point in modern U.S. history.  American voters have been angry before, but this time it is different.  Instead of being mad at just one political party, the American people are now clearly disgusted with both political parties.  Neither major party has a positive approval rating.  People are sick and tired of the economy being in the tank, they are sick and tired of not being able to get good jobs and they are sick and tired of the nonsense that has been going on in Washington.  Both political parties are busy pointing fingers at each other, but what all the major polls in the weeks leading up to the election clearly show is that the American people are placing the blame on both the Republicans and the Democrats.  In fact, as you will see below, a clear majority of the American people now wish that they could throw every member of Congress out of office and a clear majority of the American people now wish that they had a third political party to vote for.  We have arrived at a point where both political parties have lost the faith of the American people, and where we go from here is anyone’s guess.


Not that the American people have a clear idea of what they actually want.  The truth is that the citizens of the United States are deeply, deeply divided on a whole host of issues.  But the one thing that American voters can agree on is that they are hopping mad.

The following are 12 recent polls that prove that the American people are really, really pissed off as election day approaches….    

#1 According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, only about one in four Americans is satisfied with the way that the country is being governed.

#2 The latest ABC News/Yahoo poll found that faith in the U.S. system of government is at a 36 year low.

#3 The newest New York Times/CBS News survey discovered that about 60 percent of American voters believe that their own members of Congress do not deserve to be re-elected.

#4 According to Gallup, Barack Obama had an average approval rating of just 44.7% during the seventh quarter of his presidency, which was a new low.  Obama’s average approval rating has fallen substantially every single quarter since he took office.

#5 A Bloomberg National Poll conducted a couple of weeks ago found that more than 40 percent of likely voters who once considered themselves to be Obama supporters are now either less supportive of Obama or do not support him at all at this point.

#6 An absolutely stunning Gallup poll released last month revealed that a whopping 58 percent of the American people believe that a third political party is needed because the Republicans and the Democrats are doing such a bad job of representing the American people.

#7 A new study by The Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University discovered that more than 40 percent of the American people would give the government either a D or an F.

#8 CNBC recently conducted a survey which found that 92 percent of Americans rate the U.S. economy as either “fair” or “poor”.

#9 A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey revealed that 69 percent of Americans believe that free trade agreements have cost the United States jobs.  Only 18 percent of the survey respondents said that they believed that free trade agreements have created more American jobs than they have lost.

#10 A Politico/George Washington University Battleground Poll released late last month found that 63 percent of the American people believe that the nation is on the wrong track.

#11 A recent Gallup poll discovered that 46% of Americans believe that the U.S. federal government “poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.”

#12 A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey that was just completed found that 65% of likely U.S. voters say that if they had the option, they would vote out every member of Congress and start all over.

So will all of this anger result in major change happening in Washington D.C. after the election?


There are 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.  At the very most, about 100 of those seats are actually “in play” – meaning that they have a chance to change hands.

So that means that we are going to see at least 335 of the exact same faces when the U.S. House of Representatives begins a new session.

The cold, hard reality is that our current system greatly, greatly, greatly favors incumbents.

Over the past five elections, incumbents have been re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives at an average rate of 96 percent.

Wouldn’t you like to have a 96 percent chance of winning?

Sure, in 2010 things will be a little different, but we will still likely see incumbents winning at least 80 percent of their matchups.

So much for “change”, eh?

  • de Malfosse

    So what? You know what is likely to change?: Nothing.

    Listen to my neighbors here in the 23rd Cong Dist NY.

    They may not like how their own country is governed but **** if Uncle Sam ain’t got all the answers right for the rest of the world.

    They may not have faith in the Fed gov’t but The Pentagon – oddly not coorelated in their minds with The Fec Gubmint – The Pentagon is just wonderful!!

    The nation may be on the wrong track but that doesn’t mean all those military bases oversea are the wrong thing to do.

    They may think the economy is “poor” but constant WAR has, of course, nothing to do with that. Why, everyone knows WAR is a good thing. In fact, although Uncle Sam continues to shove it up my **** I’ll still donate my children for The Empire!!

    And after Uncle Sam steals my 401, my IRA, my kid’s piggybank, I’ll still believe He is lying when He says there are boogie-men everywhere.

    Nothing will change except for the worse. It is finished.

  • zack

    I don’t need polls to tell me that people are pissed. The economy is in a shambles and virtually everything the government does is making things worse.

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  • Ben Franklin Jr.

    Campaign finance reform is the only way to change this.

    1)Require that all campaign monies must come only from citizens within the district being represented.

    2)Remove the “citizenship” of corporations.

    This with lobbyist reform will return the Congress to the people.

    Lobbyist- No one who is not a resident of the district being represented may lobby a member of congress.

  • JustaGuy

    Vote Independent or don’t vote

  • cat

    If, as the author predicts, “incumbents continue to win at least 80 percent of
    their matchups,” he should next write: Proof American Elections are Rigged.

  • BlueBird

    OK, at the very least, there will still be 90% congress members returning to DC after the elections so is there really going to be much change?

    Need to read a great book out about history possibly calling us to our destiny soon cause it’s about us. It’s powerful. I recommend it cause it’s so real.

  • Publicize this project as a way to take the anger out of the political context and place it squarely in the mainstream popular culture.