In a stunning shift in how dismally Americans view Washington, the latest Battleground Poll finds that voters for the first time want to replace their own congressman.
Typically voters caught up in a “throw the bums out” mood have excluded their House member. But the highly-anticipated George Washington University Battleground Poll, conducted by Democratic pollster Celinda Lake and Republican pollster Ed Goeas, found that they want to replace their member too, by a sizable margin of 58 percent to 26 percent.
Independents have an even dimmer view of their House representative, with 69 percent wanting somebody new in the 2014 elections.
Disgust with Washington is driving the push for a new crew in Washington. “The inability to solve problems in Washington, typically a nagging but distant concern for voters, has become so pronounced that Americans now say it is more important to address than every other issue, including jobs and the economy--a first in Battleground history,” said Lake.
Goeas, noting that 73 percent believe the nation is on the “wrong track,” said “this is the worst political environment we have seen in a long while.”
Lake said Democrats could be the winners if the current mood turns into a “wave” election, reinstalling House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in the House speaker’s chair. She said another GOP-led government shutdown would help. “God help the people who shut down the government,” she said.
Goeas, however, said the GOP doesn’t have to worry much, even though Republican voters are frustrated with their party. He cited Battleground Poll results showing that the public believes the GOP would do a better job on several issues. And, he added, there are few GOP House seats in contention.
Goeas also said that Republicans benefit from an enthusiasm gap with 71 percent of GOP voters eater to vote in 2014 compared by 64 percent of Democrats.Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.