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'Throw everybody out!' -- New Gallup poll shows Americans unhappy with both parties


Hey, if Gallup wanted to put a theme song alongside its latest political poll, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “That Smell” could be considered.  

Not for its message on drug use but because in a literal sense Americans think the two major parties stink.

Voter sentiment toward both the Republican and Democratic parties is near a record low, according to a survey released Monday.

Of the two, Democrats fared better than Republicans, with 43% of those polled registering a favorable opinion of the party, just 2 percentage points higher than its record low recorded in March.

The Republican Party, which appeared to be enjoying a comeback, plunged 6 percentage points from last March and recorded a 36% approval rating.  That’s just 5 points higher than its record low of 31% scored back in 1998.

Although it’s never surprising that voters have negative opinions of politics in general, it is odd that both major parties are viewed so negatively at the same time.

But then again, Americans don’t like much of anything right now (except the upcoming Lakers-Celtics match-up).

“The current poor ratings for both parties are likely an extension of the more general frustration with government institutions -- as evidenced by low approval ratings of Congress and widespread anti-incumbent sentiment -- as well as overall dissatisfaction with current conditions in the United States,” the report reads.

So maybe the expected midterm walloping won’t be so bad for the Democrats now as they have higher ratings than the GOP?

Premature exaltation.  Gallup still predicts a “strong showing” for the Republicans this fall.

“Registered voter preferences in Gallup's generic ballot are divided equally between the parties, which would generally indicate a stronger Republican year given the party's usual advantage in voter turnout,” Gallup writes.

Read the full report here.

-- Jimmy Orr

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I think our brightest minds should be in power but I think there should be term limits and revolving term expirations. I don't think there should be lobbyists and I don't think corporations should be able to contribute campaign funds. I think all bills and legislation to be passed should be made available on-line with a enough time for the American public to see and contact their representatives if they have questions or concerns. I don't think there should be pork barrel spending. In my opinion, since Clinton, we have elected "my way or the highway" extremists instead of moderates willing to work towards consensus. I think our welfare system needs to have mandatory job training, drug testing and recipient time limits established. It was never meant to be a lifetime or generational support. I think the budget needs to be balanced so we are not leaving our children and grandchildren responsible for our debt. I think we should clean up our own house and take care of our own citizens before we give citizenship or even temporary work visa's to 12-20 million illegal aliens. I think we need to become a nation who empowers people instead of enabling them.

It is obvious California government is not working. Why do voters have to be subject to endless propositions. What that means is our legislators are not doing their jobs. Why can't the legislature focus on three of the state's most important topics--education, water and transportation--for one complete legislative session and rid all of the stupid bills that find their way on to the legislative floors. Term limits is not the problem, the lack of candidates with talent, vision and intelligence is.


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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