The 2012 elections could be the first in 20 years in which voters dump big numbers of both Republicans and Democrats
The latest Democracy Corps national survey, conducted by the Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, has numbers that should worry both Democrats and Republicans. The survey, conducted June 18-21 among 1,000 likely 2012 voters (with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent) showed that those respondents were pessimistic about the direction of the country and disapproved of the job being done by House Republicans by a 2-to-1 margin, yet still gave them a 3-point edge overall in matchups for control of the House. Voters are unhappy with both parties as well as with the job members of Congress are doing.
Although conducted by a partisan polling firm and commissioned by Democracy Corps, a nonprofit started in 1999 by pollster Stan Greenberg and Democratic veteran James Carville, the series of polls is highly regarded among pros on both sides and its numbers did not downplay the threat that Democrats faced ahead of their electoral disaster last fall.
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Overall, 61 percent of likely voters surveyed said they believe that the country is on the wrong track, while only 28 percent said it is going in the right direction. Those numbers are close to the average for all 10 of the Democracy Corps surveys taken over the past 10 months. President Obama's job-approval ratings were upside-down this month, with 48 percent of interviewees disapproving and 46 percent approving. Since the first of the year, his approval/disapproval ratings have seesawed in a narrow range, although the disapproval numbers have not run quite as high as they did in the months leading up to the 2010 midterm elections.