WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters who have taken part in today’s midterms are expressing dissatisfaction and even anger with the Obama administration. But exit polling doesn’t let Republican leaders off the hook either.
The surveys of people leaving polling places showed the biggest concern is still the economy. Despite the drop in jobless rates and soaring stock prices, most voters say the economy is stagnating or getting worse.
Just 1 in 5 say they trust the government to do what is right most or all of the time, slightly fewer than in the 1994 midterms, when Republicans seized control of the House and Senate, and the last time the exit poll asked that question.
Most midterm voters were pessimistic. They were more than twice as likely to say that life will be worse for the next generation.
Republicans are getting some of the blame as well. About a quarter of voters say they are dissatisfied or angry with both GOP leaders in Congress and Obama, whose name isn’t on the ballot. Another 6 in 10 are unhappy with one or the other of them.