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Voters Turn Their Backs on Incumbents

Most voters say they plan on voting for someone other than the incumbent in the upcoming election and, if given the option, would send everyone in Congress packing.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters now say they are at least somewhat likely to vote for someone other than an incumbent this election cycle, including 33% who say they are Very Likely to do so. The latter figure is down from 40% in 2013 but up from 2016’s 28%. Twenty-three percent (23%) say they are not likely to vote for someone other than their current representative, with nine percent (9%) who are Not At All Likely to do so. Another 11% are undecided. This is in line with findings from two years ago. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 5-6, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 5-6, 2018 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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