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Two-thirds of Americans say this is the worst Congress EVER

  • A new poll by CNN found that two-thirds  of Americans believe this is the worst Congress ever
  • A further three-quarters believe the  113th Congress has done nothing to address the country’s  problems
  • Both Republicans and Democrats share the  pessimistic view that leaders in the opposite party will lead the country in the  wrong direction

By Daily Mail Reporter

UPDATED:          15:23 EST, 26  December 2013

A new poll conducted by CNN and ORC  International also found that an even larger three-quarters of Americans believe  this Congress has done nothing to address the country’s problems.

‘That sentiment exists among all demographic  and political subgroups. Men, women, rich, poor, young, old – all think this  year’s Congress has been the worst they can remember,’ CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.  ‘Older Americans – who have lived through more congresses – hold more negative  views of the 113th Congress than younger Americans. Republicans, Democrats and  independents also agree that this has been the worst session of Congress in  their lifetimes.’

The 113th Congress is on track to be the least productive in the last four decades. Above, Congress meets to count the Electoral College in January 2009 

The 113th Congress is on track to be the least  productive in the last four decades. Above, Congress meets to count the  Electoral College in January 2009

 

While Congress did recently pass a budget to  ensure the government won’t shut down in the next two years, it has passed less  than 60 bills into law.

Since next year is an election year, their  rate of legislation is unlikely to escalate which means there’s a very good  chance this will be the least productive Congress in the last four decades.

 

And after that, Americans aren’t really  hoping for better. Both Republican and Democratic voters expressed their opinion  in the poll that legislators on the other side of the aisle will move the  country in the wrong direction.

Steps forward: Republican Congressman Paul Ryan and Democratic Congresswoman Patty Murray were recently able to collaborate on a budget deal 

Steps forward: Republican Congressman Paul Ryan and  Democratic Congresswoman Patty Murray were recently able to collaborate on a  budget deal

 

Fifty-four per cent of Americans said that  about Democrats, compared to the 54 per cent that said it about Republicans.

An equal  54 per cent said the same  thing about President Obama.

The poll was conducted between December 16  and 19, and involved phone interviews with 1,036 adults across the U.S.

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