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Poll: Half of Midwest adults disapprove of their own Congressional members

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Most people used to think that if Congress was doing a bad job, their own members were still good -- until now.

For the first time, the ABC News-Washington Post poll found that 51 percent of Americans disapproved of the way their own representatives handled their jobs. Also, the poll showed that 50 percent of Midwest adults disapproved of their congressional members' jobs -- while 46 percent approved.

The question has been asked for 25 years.

The Post says the vast majority of incumbents are still expected to be re-elected in November -- and many observers do not expect Wisconsin's 7 incumbent candidates to be vulnerable. However, the Post says Americans are more likely to unseat incumbents when more folks disapprove of their own members.

In 1998, just over 70 percent approved of their own Capitol Hill representatives, and 98 percent of them were re-elected. In 2010, when the overall approval rating was down to 51 percent, only 85 percent of incumbent candidates won.

The new poll was conducted from last Wednesday through Sunday, with an error margin of 3.5 percent either way.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)