How's this for a conversation opener at your next Capitol Hill fund raiser?
"A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 16% of Likely U.S. Voters feel that, generally speaking, it would be better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were reelected. That’s a seven-point drop from 23% last August and down from 19% in February 2010.
"Fifty-six percent (56%) say it would be better if most incumbents were defeated and 28% are not sure.
'Forty percent (40%) of voters believe, regardless of how Congress is doing overall, that their local congressional representative deserves to be reelected, comparable to findings in previous surveys. Now, however, only 28% say their local congressman does not deserve reelection versus 39% last August and 42% in November 2009. One-in-three voters (32%) are not sure whether their local representative deserves reelection or not.
"Thirty-one percent (31%) think their representative in Congress is the best possible person for the job, up slightly from last August but in line with findings the previous fall. Just as many (32%) disagree and say they’re not the best, but that’s down from 44% in the previous survey and 42% in 2009. The big shift again seems to be to the undecided category with 37% of voters now not sure."
For more from Rasmussen, go here. For relief from that throbbing heachache that just appeared in the heads of all the political consultants on both sides of the aisle who are reading this post, go here.