Most prefer random name out of phone book to current Congress

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Voter disgust with Congress has hit a new low, with just 9 percent wishing that the current House and Senate be re-elected and half of voters feeling that people picked randomly out of a telephone book would do better than the officeholders of today.

Rasmussen Reports revealed in a Sunday poll that a massive 72 percent of “likely voters” want to dump Congress. Some 19 percent are undecided.

It is the first time in over four years that those who believe it would better for the country if most congressional incumbents were reelected has fallen into single digits. In February 2010, the year of the Tea Party revolution, 63 percent preferred that incumbents be defeated.

Rasmussen also asked likely voters who would be better than the current members of Congress and 49 percent said “a randomly-selected group of people from the phone book could do a better job than the current Congress.” Some 35 percent disagree and 16 aren't sure, said Rasmussen.

The fact is, however, that most members get re-elected. This year isn't expected to be greatly different, despite the lopsided approval numbers of Congress. But in the Senate, where the margin of control is slim, voter anger at incumbents could lead to a shift to GOP control.

In fact, anger at Washington appears to ding Democrats more, largely because of the dissatisfaction with Obamacare and the economy. A new report from the University of Virginia's Center for Politics suggests that both houses will see Republican wins.

In Larry Sabato's “Crystal Ball” produced every Thursday by the center, the authors predict that Republicans will gain four to eight seats in the Senate and five to eight seats in the House.

The Rasmussen survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters was conducted on April 9-10, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.