Poll: Plurality believes midterm election won't make difference

Forty percent of the public believes that the outcome of the 2010 midterm election will have no bearing on the direction of the country, according to a new poll.

By a 6 percentage point margin, those who think the election will not make a difference outnumber those who foresee the country moving in the right direction in an ABC News/Yahoo! poll conducted by Langer Research Associates. Twenty-one percent believe the country is heading in the wrong direction as a result of the election.

The survey reinforces the notion that Republicans, who rode a wave of public support into the House majority, still have much to prove after being voted out of power in Congress in 2006 and out of the White House in 2008. 

Republicans and President Obama have said they will work to find common ground in the next Congress, but both political parties have continued to spar over issues such as the expiring Bush tax cuts and the START nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

Fifty-six percent of respondents said they view government gridlock negatively opposed to 31 percent who believe it is a good thing. Sixty-seven percent of independents view gridlock negatively and 51 percent think the election will have no bearing on the direction of the country.