Voting to send a message rather than voting for the best candidate is a recipe for a Congress with a rock-bottom approval rating.
So it's no surprise that a recent Gallup poll found more than half of registered voters plan to do just that. Most of those, 32 percent will be sending a message to oppose President Barack Obama, 20 percent will be sending a message of support and 46 percent won't be sending a message. It's a trend. That last time a majority was not sendiing a message with its vote was 2002 when 53 percent said their was no message in their congressional votes in the first midterm of the George W. Bush presidency..
That was just after Congress' approval rating peaked at 84 percent.
It has been all downhill since.
This past September it was 14 percent. Obama's approval rating was at 42 percent this morning, up one point, with 53 percent disapproving.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid clocks in this morning with a 45 percent unfavorable rating and House Speaker John Boehner is seen unfavorably by 50 percent of the voting population.
So, the message seems to be, yes, there is room for improvment.