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Throw the bums out: 75 percent back Congress term limits

Olivier Knox, Yahoo News
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A view of a deserted corridor on the House side of the U.S. Capitol in December. (Mary Calvert/Reuters)

Sure, voters sent a majority of incumbent members of Congress back to Washington in November 2012. But a new Gallup poll finds that 75 percent of Americans support imposing term limits on lawmakers in D.C.

Twenty-one percent would vote against a law limiting the number of terms representatives and senators can serve.

It’s maybe no surprise at a time when Congress is less popular than, oh, say, colonoscopies. But Gallup writes that its findings recall similar polls from 1994 and 1996, when between two-thirds and three-quarters of respondents said they favored a constitutional amendment setting term limits.

Past opinion polls have also found that Americans generally have a good opinion of their representative—and a bad one of other lawmakers.

What about the Electoral College? Do away with it, 63 percent of Americans say, according to Gallup. That’s down from 80 percent in 1968.

The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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