Overall, 61 percent of likely voters surveyed said they believe that the country is on the wrong track, while only 28 percent said it is going in the right direction. Those numbers are close to the average for all 10 of the Democracy Corps surveys taken over the past 10 months. President Obama’s job-approval ratings were upside-down this month, with 48 percent of interviewees disapproving and 46 percent approving. Since the first of the year, his approval/disapproval ratings have seesawed in a narrow range, although the disapproval numbers have not run quite as high as they did in the months leading up to the 2010 midterm elections…

This survey, like many others that we have seen in recent months, suggests that the volatility of the last three elections may continue. However, it may not manifest itself in a partisan manner with one party being punished and the other rewarded. Indeed, Americans do not seem to be in a mood to reward either side right now. The upcoming elections could be the first in 20 years in which incumbents wearing both red and blue jerseys are thrown out of office. The independent voters who swung sharply against Republicans in 2006 and 2008 and against Democrats in 2010 are still angry and still in the mood to lash out at somebody. The last real “out-with-them-all” elections were in 1992, right after the infamous House Bank and Post Office scandal.