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Fix Daily Poll: The volatile midterm electorate

By Felicia Sonmez

The new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll confirmed what most campaign-watchers have known for months -- voters are angry, dissatisfied, unhappy and fed-up.

But there are as many objects of their rage as there are words to describe it.

Seventy-two percent of those polled disapproved of the job Congress is doing. Forty-eight percent disapproved of the job President Barack Obama is doing. Forty-four percent view the Democratic Party in a negative light, but an almost equal share -- 46 percent -- view the Republican Party negatively as well.

The fact that there are so many potential landing spots for voter dissatisfaction makes it difficult to gauge who will feel the brunt of voters' anger at the polls this fall. (Or, for that matter, whether anyone will feel it at all: remember that back in May, former President Bill Clinton told a crowd while stumping for Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) that the election "is not about channeling your anger" -- and Lincoln indeed survived her challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (D).)

What will be the main impact of voters' anger on the November midterms? Will it mainly hurt Democrats, hurt incumbents, or boost third-party candidates? Or will it have no major impact? Cast your vote below.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  August 12, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  Fix Daily Poll  
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