I am totally unsurprised. If you really look at everything, it's actually more surprising that the number isn't higher.
- We have a war that isn't being prosecuted to its fullest extent, enemies of our nation living within our nation (and perpetrating attacks on civilians and military alike), and a government that instead of harassing those enemies within our borders targets everyone else in the name of political correctness.
- We have a government that is so arrogant that they passed a socialized medicine law that two-thirds of its constituents didn't want, one that will make our healthcare system both more expensive and worse. And they're flabbergasted that we don't want to have that abortion of a "reform" enacted, and are suing on a state-by-state basis to prevent it.
- We are in debt up to our eyeballs, have had our credit rating downgraded, and the government is totally convinced that the solution to this is to borrow more money and spend more, instead of cutting spending like American families are having to do to put food on the table.
- We have a federal government harassing the states for trying to enforce federal law.
"You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to get over the partisan bickering and focus on fixing things. I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. The one good thing about Raleigh is that for so many years we worked across party lines. It's a little bit more contentious now but it's not impossible to try to do what's right in this state. You want people who don't worry about the next election."
I'm not surprised that Americans are getting tired of the way their elected congresscritters say one thing, then do another when they get into office. I'm not surprised that Americans are wising up to the fact that the federal government cannot be trusted with the taxes it takes in. I am surprised--and frightened--that only "49% of Americans believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens." Especially with craptastic politicians like the ones advocating suspending elections currently in power.