These poll numbers are rather startling: 81% of Americans say Member of Congress should not be re-elected in 2010 and just 8% say they should, according to a CBS News-New York Times national poll. By an 80%-13% margin, Americans believe congressmen are more interested in serving special interests than their constituents. Congress has an upside-down approval rating of 15%-75%. The survey did not mention the names of individual congressmen, and Americans have a tradition of holding Congress in low regard while approving of their own representative.
The poll interviewed 1,0084 adults between February 5-10 and has a margin of error of +/- 3%.