Even with Congressional approval ratings low, incumbents stay in office

Even with Congressional approval ratings low, incumbents stay in office
Even with Congressional approval ratings low, incumbents stay in office

Even with Congressional approval ratings low, incumbents stay in office

A Gallup poll last month found that only 15 percent of respondents approve of the job their elected officials are doing in Washington. Candidates are latching on to those stats. Here in Illinois, Gubernatorial candidate and businessman Bruce Rauner says it’s time for a change from “career politicians” like incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn. So out with the old and in with the new? Not exactly. Kyle Kondik from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics found that incumbents keep getting re-elected. He gives us the backstory on why this is happening, and what this could mean for the November election. Photo: Flickr/KOMUnews