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Are voters really tired of Congress?


It really isn’t that long until we start seeing all the election banter for the 2014 midterm races. In fact, we are seeing some of it already as the public appears extremely tired of Washington, and for that matter, many of our elected officials at the state level.

However, much of the discussions sound familiar, meaning many are already crying foul, saying that changes are needed and none of our current lawmakers should actually be elected.

We heard the same talk in 2010, then again in 2012. The question now becomes are voters actually going to do something about it?

NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 83 percent of Americans disapprove of the job being done by Congress, the highest level of disapproval it has ever notched in the poll.

President Obama isn’t doing much better, with his approval rating hitting 45 percent, dropping 3 points in a single month to its lowest level since an August 2011 poll, which had him sitting at a 44 percent approval rating after the debt-ceiling nonsense.

The poll surveyed 1,000 Americans, and they don’t paint a good picture for either Democrats or Republicans.

In the poll, 57 percent of those polled said they would vote to replace every single sitting member of Congress if such an option were available.

The only problem is when faced with the same incumbents in past elections, voters have yet to walk the walk. We continue to talk the talk. We are tired of the games, the partisan politics and we are going to do something about it. However, look at Sen. John McCain – his approval rating remains low, yet for some strange reason he has been able to be a career politician because he is never voted out of office.

The only reason Arizona has a new senator is because Jon Kyle finally resigned, leaving the door open for Republican Jeff Flake to squeak past Democrat Richard Carmona.

While many of our sitting lawmakers choose to call these polls biased, fake or rigged – the obvious message is no matter what the result they aren’t listening to constituents anymore.

The majority of Americans have wanted stricter background checks for acquiring guns – the bill failed. The excuse – those polls are flawed.

Then, we have the ongoing sequester because neither side could come to the table to negotiate what was best for the nation moving forward. Republicans have a point in that we need to curtail spending, but Democrats also have a good point on the programs that need funding. In the end, it didn’t matter and both sides are now in the wrong.

Then, we have the president. In the poll, 56 percent of those asked said they were uncertain, or pessimistic about the rest of Obama’s presidency, a jump of 8 percent since January.

As his presidency continues, his inability to lead is becoming more and more clear. While his narcissistic has him injecting his opinion too often in local issues and racial tensions when he should be focusing on economy, leading Congress and making the lives of all Americans better.

But, as stated above, we did reelect him despite our disdain for how Washington seems to be going.

The disdain mentioned above is pretty even – the poll also showed there is a split over which party should be running Congress. Of those asked, 44 percent said Republicans should control Congress after the 2014 elections, while an equal 44 percent said they want Democrats to be the majority.

No matter what, we’ll see how tired Americans really are with Congress in 2014.