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Poll: ‘Taint of Incumbency’ Is a Continuing Trend

Republicans hoping that voter unrest is targeted largely at the majority Democrats won’t like what they see in the latest Washington Post-ABC poll. That survey

Rian Mcconnell
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Apr 28, 2010

Republicans hoping that voter unrest is targeted largely at the majority Democrats won’t like what they see in the latest Washington Post-ABC poll. That survey found that fewer than a third of voters are inclined to vote for their current representative, regardless of the lawmakers’ party affiliation. The Post reports:

Dissatisfaction is widespread, crossing party lines, ideologies and virtually all groups of voters. Less than a quarter of independents and just three in 10 Republicans say they’re leaning toward backing an incumbent this fall. Even among Democrats, who control the House, the Senate and the White House, opinion is evenly divided on the question.

This isn’t a new trend. Indeed, elections experts were warning months ago that Americans’ distrust in Congress crosses party lines to target all incumbents. Because the Democrats control more seats, of course, they stand ready to suffer the backlash more severely. But today’s poll results are a warning to Republican leaders that, in November, they’re in for a fight as well.

Rian Mcconnell | Rian is a Villanova University graduate who was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia with a medical degree. His residency was at Thomas Jefferson and its associated Wills Eye Hospital, and he finished his education with fellowships in cataract and corneal surgery at the University of Connecticut. He has a vast experience in ophthalmic surgery, with a focus on cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, and laser refractive procedures. He serves on the board of Vision Health International, an agency that provides eye care and surgery to indigent patients in Central and South America, in addition to his surgical practice.

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