Midterm elections are a little over a week away in America and latest poll numbers are unnerving for both political parties, showing job approval for Congress sliding to multi-year lows heading into the upcoming elections.
According to an ABC/Washington Post poll released yesterday, Congress overall has a 20 percent job approval rating, one of the worst heading into a midterm election since 1974.
Disapproval for Democrats in Congress reached a 20 year high with a 67 percent disapproval rating.
The disapproval rating for Republicans climbed even higher to 72 percent, close to their all-time disapproval rating of 75 percent that occurred in January 2012.
The ABC/Washington Post poll results pointed out some slightly good news: Congress’ approval rating is up 8 points from its 40 year low during the partial U.S. government shutdown that occurred a year ago.
Although 50 percent of Americans “strongly” disapprove of the way that Congress does its job, it is still lower than the 70 percent rating that occurred after the partial shutdown a year ago.
During the midterm election on November 4th, all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be contested with winners serving six-year terms from January 3, 2015 to January 3, 2021.
Special elections will be held to fill vacancies that occur for the 113th United States Congress.
There are 36 Senate seats to be voted on November 4th, 21 of those now held by Democrats and 15 by Republicans.
For Republicans to take the Senate, they need to take 6 seats currently held by Democrats and retain the 15 seats currently held by Republicans.
President Obama’s 2nd term agenda on key issues such as minimum wage, transportation, immigration, and tax reform all hang in the balance.
Republicans are seeking to gain Senate control and impose their own conservative agenda on the country while obstructing the president’s political ambitions which comes at a time when he has faced some recent foreign policy challenges in Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria.
Latest Gallup poll results show President Obama with a 41 percent approval rating as of Oct. 6-12 2014, slightly above his all-time low of 38 percent on Sept. 2-4 2014.
Despite the president’s low approval ratings and a variety of political pundits claiming that Republicans are poised to take over the Democrat controlled Senate, yesterday Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) predicted on Meet the Press that Democrats will continue to control the Senate after the mid-term elections.
Senator Schumer mentioned “economic issues” as one of the key deciding factors that will help to swing votes to Democrats in the Senatorial races.
“You know, I know all the pundits are saying Republicans will take the Senate. Democrats are going to prove the pundits wrong on election day when we keep the Senate, three reasons:
First and foremost, economic issues predominate. Ebola’s in the news, ISIS is in the news, but the average voter, every poll shows far and away, cares most about economic issues” Schumer said.
Senator Rob Portman (R-) was also interviewed on Meet the Press and emphasized that changing the majority on Capitol Hill is needed to solve the problems that are facing America.
“By changing the majority, having the House and Senate working together, and working with the president, we can begin to solve problems. And the biggest problem right now is jobs and the economy. And we need to give it a shot in the arm and we can.”