Q. In the 2006 election for US Congress, do you feel that your representative deserves to be reelected, or do you think it is time to give a new person a chance?
Deserves to be reelected: 37%
Give new person a chance: 51%
I can't think of another time when this has been true in recent memory, and it coincides with record low approval ratings for the President and for Congress in general.
The next election is a year away, but now is the time when people decide to run in 2006. News like this emboldens strong challengers (both in general and primary elections), discourages waivering incumbents, and shifts the fund raising balance among corporate lobbiests whose bipartisan goal is to back winners so they can lobby for often only marginally partisan matters after the election.