FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
With only five months before the midterm elections - fewer than one in three Americans say they plan to vote for their member of Congress in November.
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows an increasing dislike of elected officials and the anti-incumbent mood at an all-time high. It's about time…
Only 29 percent of those surveyed say they plan to vote for their House representative. That's even lower than in 1994 - when the Democrats were swept out of power. 69 percent say they they're dissatisfied or angry with the government.
Of course Republicans are hoping for big gains; but it might not be that easy. This poll also shows a majority of people have a negative view of the GOP's policies; and only one-third say they trust Republicans over Democrats to handle the country's problems. As for the Tea Party, half of the public has an unfavorable view of them.
Meanwhile voters across the country went to the polls yesterday for the busiest primary day so far this year.
And the results were mixed.
It was a big day for women candidates - in California, Republican primary voters overwhelmingly chose two female business executives. Former Hewlett-Packard head Carly Fiorina will go on to face longtime Senate fixture Democrat Barbara Boxer; and former eBay CEO and billionaire Meg Whitman will run for governor.
In Nevada - the Tea Party-backed candidate, Sharron Angle won the Republican primary and will now challenge Majority Leader Harry Reid in November.
And in Arkansas, Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln managed to hold onto her seat in a tight race... no doubt giving hope to incumbents everywhere.
Here's my question to you: Do you plan to vote to re-elect your member of Congress in November?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
David in New Hampshire writes:
Jack, If you really want to ruffle some feathers, start pushing all states (when they print their election ballots) to highlight the incumbents' names in red and underline them if they've served more than two terms. I truly believe that a good portion of the voting public is clueless when it comes to who their elected officials are!
Al in Lawrence, Kansas writes:
I haven't voted for an incumbent in 20 years, and I'm not about to start now. But I still have faith in the stupidity of the American voter. 90% of our representatives will be re-elected, no matter what the polls say.
Mark in Houston writes:
Jack, I live in Texas. I'm sure you've heard of it, that place where elected officials support a dumbed-down education system, a wannabe sheriff as Governor, wars against clean air and are proud of it all. My answer would be "no."
D.S. in California writes:
Yes. While I'm not that impressed with Barbara Boxer, I'll have to choose between the lesser of two evils. Carly Fiorina may have impressed people in California with her CEO background, but there is a reason why she lost here in Silicon Valley where she is actually known. She got fired by Hewlett Packard for incompetence. None of the tech businesses here will touch her.
I am for term limits – PERIOD! All incumbents must go, even the seemingly good ones. That's the only way to get 'real change we can believe in'. So when I vote in November, I will not be voting to re-elect anyone!
Frank in Indiana writes:
I've voted against my representative every election, but in this gerrymandered district, Hitler would be elected if running as a Republican. So nothing new here.
Jerry in Florida writes:
I received an e-mail the other day proposing term limits for Congress. It suggested that elected officials should be held to two terms: one in Congress, one in prison – just as Detroit and Chicago do now.