New Rasmussen Poll Looks Bad for Congressional Incumbents

The latest Rasmussen poll has some surprising numbers. There is the expected high approval ratings for Scott Brown – 70%. But what is really surprising is this:

Generally speaking, would it better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were reelected this November or if most of them were defeated?

25% Better if most incumbents were reelected
53% Better if most incumbents were defeated
22% Not sure

Massachusetts voters – by a whopping 2-1 margin – would like to see the majority of their congressional delegation defeated.

People generally have a more positive view of their own legislator – and the numbers bear that out:

Regardless of how Congress is doing overall, does your local representative in Congress deserve to be reelected?

38% Yes
38% No
24% Not sure

This is still a pretty strong anti-incumbent feeling and an opportunity for big changes in November.

And there are a lot of races in play this year. And one of them, Delahunt’s 10th is an open district:

2nd Massachusetts

Congressman Richard Neal (D)
Jay Fleitman (R)
Tom Wesley (R)

3rd Massachusetts

Congressman James McGovern (D)
Robert Chipman (R)
Robert Delle (R)
Marty Lamb (R)
Brian Herr (R)
Michael Stopa (R)
Patrick Barron (I)

4th Massachusetts

Congressman Barney Frank (D)
Sean Bielat (R)
Earl Sholley (R)

5th Massachusetts

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D)
Jon Golnick (R)
Sam Meas (R)

6th Massachusetts

Congressman John Tierney (D)
Bill Hudak (R)

9th Massachusetts

Congressman Stephen Lynch (D)
Keith Lepor (R)

10th Massachusetts

State Senator Robert O’Leary (D)
District Attorney William Keating (D)
State Representative Jeff Perry (R)
Former State Treasurer Joe Malone (R)
Peter White (I)

8 Comments

  • Leo Walls
    July 1, 2010 - 3:26 pm | Permalink

    What is the poll ratings between Barny Frank and Earl Sholley in district 4 race in MA?

  • Leo Walls
    July 1, 2010 - 11:26 am | Permalink

    What is the poll ratings between Barny Frank and Earl Sholley in district 4 race in MA?

  • August 10, 2010 - 7:07 pm | Permalink

    2nd Massachusetts, forgot Dr. Jay Fleitman, Republican running against Richard Neal

  • August 10, 2010 - 3:07 pm | Permalink

    2nd Massachusetts, forgot Dr. Jay Fleitman, Republican running against Richard Neal

  • Dan
    August 24, 2010 - 2:49 am | Permalink

    How the heck do you miss a congressional candidate? Dr. Jay Fleitman is running for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District. Jay Fleitman is a physician and small business owner from Northampton. He has been elected to the school committee, chairman of the Board of Health and Trustee of Cooley-Dickinson Hospital.

    Jay Fleitman supports cutting taxes and reducing the size of the federal government and the budget deficit.

    In Congress, Jay would vote to repeal Obamacare and opposes the Cap and Trade tax hike.

  • August 24, 2010 - 4:50 am | Permalink

    Oh, this old article. Yes I missed Fleitman here back in March. I have him the more recent things that mention 2nd Congressional. Thanks. I’ve fixed it.

  • Tommie
    August 27, 2010 - 5:40 pm | Permalink

    What about Brian Herr in the 3rd District?

  • August 27, 2010 - 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Ok. Added that. I’ve got him listed in more recent race updates.

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