52% Think Obama Doesn't Deserve 2nd Term

Support even weaker for Congress, with 34% liking most incumbents
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2010 9:48 AM CST
52% Think Obama Doesn't Deserve 2nd Term
Barack Obama supporters wave "Change" banners, October 4, 2008.   (Getty Images)

Lucky for Obama he's not up for reelection this year: 52% of Americans polled by CNN recently don't think the president deserves a second term, with just 44% saying he does. The anti-incumbent sentiment burns even brighter when it comes to Congress, with just 34% of those polled saying that the majority of federal lawmakers deserve to be reelected. That’s the lowest percentage since CNN began asking the question in 1991.

“This is not a good year to be an incumbent, regardless of which party you belong to,” said CNN’s polling director. “Voters seem equally angry at both Republicans and Democrats.” But the numbers are more likely to hurt Democrats, simply because Democrats have more incumbents. Asked generically if they would support a Democratic or Republican House candidate, 47% backed Republicans, 45% Democrats.
(More Barack Obama stories.)

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