NBC poll: 60% of Americans say “throw the bums out” of Congress

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A majority of Americans want to throw out every single member of Congress, according to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. If they had the opportunity, the survey says, 60 percent would vote out their own representative while 35 percent say they would keep them in.

The continuing government shutdown and the looming U.S. default are fueling massive voter dissatisfaction, which result in the highest-ever unfavorable ratings for Congress. According to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, if the federal debt ceiling is not raised by the October 17 deadline, the global economy could be in jeopardy.

The 60 percent of Americans who want to fire everyone is consistent among most groups, but are highest among rural voters and white independents — each at 70 percent — and those in Republican-held congressional districts (67 percent). In Democratic-held districts, the number drops to 52 percent.

Only 14 percent think the country is moving in the right direction—another record low. Last month, that number was 30 percent. Just 17 percent believe the economy will improve in the next 12 months while 42 percent see the economy worsen in the next year.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans – 65 percent – say the government shutdown is harming the U.S. economy.

“What these numbers tell us is that the already-shaken public – this kicked the stool out from under them,” Republican pollster Bill McInturff told NBC News. McIntruff and Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart conducted the October 7-9 study of 800 adults, with 240 cell-phone-only respondents.

“We’re seeing numbers that are associated with historic lows in public confidence,” McIntruff added.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.