The 2014 election seemed to be a rebuttal to President Obama and Democratic Party’s policies with them losing the Senate and more House seats. However, when you dig into the exit polls, the message is both more clear and less specific. Washington is failing, and the voters know it.
65% of voters believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction. 45% say that the economy is the top issue facing the nation and 78% are worried about the direction of the economy. Over half believe that life for the next generation will be worse than today.
Though public opinion on the economy has improved since the Great Recession, the economy has not recovered as expected for many Americans. Americans know that this is not happening and are unhappy with everyone.
- 59 percent of voters were dissatisfied or even angry with the Obama administration (27 percent angry).
- But just as many, 61 percent, are dissatisfied or even angry with the Republican leaders in Congress (inc. 23 percent angry).
Just two in 10 voters trust the government in Washington to do what’s right all or most of the time. Predictably, people our tuning out more than turning out: voter turnout in these midterms was the lowest since 1942— when the US had citizens away fighting in World War II.
Ultimately, this dissatisfaction means no incumbent is safe. The smaller midterm electorate blamed Obama this time. But presidential elections have consistently trended more Democratic: who will be blamed in 2016? The politicians in Washington need to wake up: until they all start fixing the jobs problem, no one is safe. Just ask Eric Cantor.
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