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A record share of voters want most members of Congress defeated in next year’s midterm elections.

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NUMBERS, FACTS AND TRENDS SHAPING YOUR WORLD

October 17, 2013
Record Share of Voters Want Most Members of Congress Defeated in Next Midterm Election
Nearly three-quarters of registered voters would like to see most members of Congress defeated in the next midterm election, according to a survey conducted before the end of the government shutdown. Moreover, the share saying they do not want their own representative reelected – 38% – is as high as it has been in two decades. read more >
Fact Tank: Nearly 4-in-10 voters don’t want to see their own lawmaker re-elected
 
Tea Party’s Image Turns More Negative

A survey conducted during the standoff over the budget and debt ceiling found the Tea Party is less popular than ever and even many Republicans view the movement negatively. Meanwhile, Senator Ted Cruz’s popularity has soared among Tea Party Republicans, while House Speaker John Boehner’s image has suffered. read more >
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Saudi Arabia’s Image Falters among Middle East Neighbors
There has been a substantial decline in favorable views of Saudi Arabia among key Middle Eastern publics. Contributing factors include criticism of the influence the Saudis wield and disapproval of the Saudi record. read more >
 

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There's not really a consensus about what the Tea Party is, whether it's kind of an outside group trying to steer policy, or whether it's working within the Republican Party itself.

Michael Dimock
Director, Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
Pew Research Center Poll: Support For Tea Party Drops To Lowest Ever (NPR's All Things Considered)