The Pew Center for People and the Press finds that Americans have specific complaints about their government: it has the wrong priorities. It doesn't do enough for Main Street. It is growing too fast without caring about saddling future generations with debt. It isn't getting the job done. These are reasonable concerns that flow naturally from the course of events over the past year.
Consistent with this pattern of partisanship, anti-government sentiment appears to be a more significant driver of possible turnout among Republicans and independents than among Democrats. Among Republican voters who are highly dissatisfied with government, 83% say they are absolutely certain to vote in the midterm elections; that compares with 67% of Republicans who express low levels of frustration with government. By contrast, there is no difference in intention to vote among Democrats who are highly frustrated with government (63%) and those who are less frustrated (64%).