Americans frustrated, feel nation is ‘out of control’ ahead of 2014 midterms

Posted on October 20, 2014October 20, 2014 by Sam Rolley
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As the nation barrels toward the 2014 midterms, Americans increasingly hold an unfavorable view of government, with those who hold the most politically polarized views being pegged as those most likely to turn out on Nov. 4.
Gallup numbers out last week reveal that just 14 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job with just weeks to go until the midterm elections. The October approval numbers are in line with average approval numbers for 2014 and only five points higher than the Congress’s historical low point of 9 percent in November 2013.
The polling agency reports that the low approval ratings in a midterm election cycle could result in higher turnover for members of Congress in the president’s party.
“[C]ongressional job approval in October was 21% in 2010, and 23% in 1994, two years when the president’s party lost a large number of seats,” Gallup states.
A separate poll from Politico finds that it isn’t just Congress that is angering Americans — it’s the entire direction of the country.
“An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are ‘out of control’ and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism of both political parties only three weeks before the Nov. 4 midterms,” Politico reported.
According to the numbers, 64 percent of those polled said “things in the U.S. feel like they are out of control right now.”
Pew Research, meanwhile, reports that the most polarized Americans will likely turn out in larger numbers than those with more centrist views in November.
“Those who are consistently conservative and liberal, who together make up only about one-in-five (22%) in the general public, make up 36% of those most likely to vote. By contrast, those with mixed opinions will be only 24% of the electorate, although they constitute 39% of the general public,” Pew reports.
According to the results, 73 percent of strongly conservative Americans are likely to show up at the polls, compared to 58 percent of consistently liberal voters.

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