Some shocking numbers from a new CBS News/New York Times poll, revealing that just 8 percent of Americans think the sitting members of Congress deserve re-election.
That figure is a bit misleading, if only because voters tend to have a much stronger affection for their own representatives than they do for the institution as a whole. Still, pollsters also found that 70 percent of respondents are either “dissatisfied” or “angry” with the way Congress conducts business (enforcing similar findings from a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll), and, perhaps most stunning of all, “80 percent said that members of Congress are more interested in pandering to special interest groups than in serving the needs of people who elected them. Only 13 percent believe that Congress represents the interests of the people.”
Translation: It’s a tough year to be an incumbent.