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Americans Say Dump Entire Congress: Poll

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- A whopping 62% of Americans would dump all current legislators in Congress if they could vote today, according to a new poll, which might surprise no one as the story was almost the same in the 2010 midterm elections.

A poll released Thursday by Rasmussen Reports found that voters continued to have abysmal confidence in their local representatives, while only 15% of telephone respondents said they would keep the existing House.

The 2010 Congressional elections saw Democrats lose 63 seats in the House in an American referendum that triggered a 36% swing of power back to the Republicans.

Apparently, U.S. voters' frustration wasn't swayed by the nasty debt-ceiling debates that embroiled Congress for more than a month.

"During the debt ceiling debacle, voters listened to members of Congress like they were the boy who cried wolf," said Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports. "While official Washington obsessed over the minute-by-minute silliness, voters expected all along that the debt ceiling would be raised without making significant spending cuts."

The telephone survey was conducted nationally on July 30 and 31 among 1,000 likely voters.

On July 26, Rasmussen found that a paltry 6% of Americans approved of the job Congress was doing.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.



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