Good news, Democrats! Maybe that anti-incumbent frenzy isn’t as bad as you’ve heard. National Public Radio conducted a poll in 70 U.S. House Districts they identified as battlegrounds (60 Democrats and 10 Republicans). The very reliable survey of likely voters yielded the following results:
Do you approve or disapprove of the way [your incumbent House representative] is handling [his or her] job as a member of the U.S. Congress? (Skipped if open seat)
Margin of error: +/- 3.5 percentage points
Rejoice, Betty Sutton! Cheer up, John Boccieri! Smile, Zack Space! Whistle a happy tune, Charlie Wilson! Dance a happy jig, Mary Jo Kilroy! Hoist a tall frosty one, Steve Driehaus! Do … whatever it is you do, Marcy Kaptur! It’s good to be a Democrat Representative in 2010, baby.
I wonder what else those fine progressive folks at NPR unearthed?
As you may know, there will be an election for your representative to Congress in November this year. Do you think you will definitely vote to re-elect [your incumbent House representative] to Congress, probably vote to re-elect [your incumbent House representative], probably vote for someone else, or definitely vote for someone else? (Skipped if open seat)
Margin of error: +/- 4 percentage points
Margin of error: +/- 6.5 percentage points
I know it’s a long way off, but thinking about the election for Congress this year, if the election for U.S. Congress were held today, would you be voting for (DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE) or (REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE)?
Margin of error: +/- 3 percentage points
#*%$@! NPR teabaggers.