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Polls: Voters Really Dislike Congress; Obama Not Doing So Hot Either

There could be another extreme makeover ahead of Congress if the current voter mood lasts until the 2012 general election.

Different polls by credible organizations indicate that voters appear ready to wash their hands of the current Congress which could result in shifts in control of both the House and Senate.

Which, if that happened, would still mean a divided and perhaps dysfunctional government since it could still leave different parties controlling each chamber.

A CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday found for the first time in the history of th poll that more respondents than not said their own House member should be replaced:

Only 41 percent of people questioned say the lawmaker in their district in the U.S. House of Representatives deserves to be re-elected - the first time ever in CNN polling that that figure has dropped below 50 percent. Forty-nine percent say their representative doesn't deserve to be re-elected in 2012. And with ten percent unsure, it's the first time that a majority has indicated that they would boot their representative out of office if they had the chance today.

Members of Congress might prefer to view another poll, a USA Today/Gallup poll, as providing a truer picture.

In that poll, 56 percent said their own member of Congress deserved to be re-elected.

But when asked whether other lawmakers should be, just 24 percent said yes.

Susan Page of USA Today wrote that the findings suggest that there could even be another wave election in 2012 as was just experienced in 2010 because of the overall unhappiness with Congress.

The results of the CNN/ORC poll argue even more strongly than the USA Today/Gallup poll for a wave election that could lead to changes in the control of Congress.

The news was only slightly better for President Obama. In the CNN/ORC poll, 44 percent of those surveyed approved of the job he was doing as president. In the most comparable finding in the USA Today/Gallup poll, 47 percent said the president deserved re-election.