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The anti-incumbent mood matches voter anger in 1994 when voters tossed out Democrats and turned control of Congress over to Republicans in the middle of Democratic President Bill Clinton’s first term.
The Washington Post-ABC News polls finds widespread voter dissatisfaction that spreads across party lines. Democrats, Republicans and independents say they are unhappy with the job their representative is doing and want change.
Less than a quarter of independent and a third of Republicans say they back an incumbent and Democratic voters are split over whether or not to vote for their current member of Congress.
“I’m not really happy right now with anybody,” Illinois Republic voter Sandy Davis, 64, told The Washington Post.
But Democrats can find some solace in the poll, which shows the public trusting Democrats more than Republicans when it comes to handling major problems and poll respondents say they trust Obama more than Republicans in Congress on the economy, health care and reform of the financial industry.