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Worst Congress ever? Two-thirds of Americans say 'yep,' according to new poll

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Congratulations lawmakers.

A new poll says that the 113th United States Congress is the worst, ever. The current meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government is operating at an approval rating of just about 30 percent.

The poll, conducted by CNN and ORC International and reported on by the AFP Dec. 26, found that 67 percent of Americans feel the current Congress is the worst in their lifetime, and categorized it as a “do-nothing” Congress.

“That sentiment exists among all demographic and political subgroups,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “Men, women, rich, poor, young, old – all think this year's Congress has been the worst they can remember.”

The poll showed that older Americans, who have lived through more congressional seatings, have an even worse opinion of the current group of lawmakers.

The opinion is shared across party lines, says Holland. “Republicans, Democrats and independents also agree that this has been the worst session of Congress in their lifetimes,” the CNN Director commented.

“Negative attitudes extend to both sides of the aisle,” says Holland. “Fifty-two percent believe that the policies of the Democratic leaders in Congress would move the country in the wrong direction; fifty-four percent say the same about the policies of congressional Republicans.”

According to the survey, an even greater number – 73 percent – say Congress has done zilch to address the country’s problems.

The findings certainly are not surprising, considering the recent government shutdown drew the ire of Americans everywhere, and as the stalemate dragged on, people quickly lost their patience with a wholly dysfunctional government.

As Govtrack reports, the 113th installment of Congress only passed 66 new laws during the 2013 session – the lowest since 1973, the first year that such stats were tracked.

The poll was conducted via telephone in mid December, with 1,035 adults participating.



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