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Most Americans say this Congress is worst in their lifetime, CNN poll says

Updated: 2013-12-26T23:28:33Z

David Lightman

McClatchy Washington Bureau

The current Congress is not only unproductive, but most Americans see it as the worst they've ever known, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday.

Two-thirds said the 113th Congress, which left for the year last week, is the worst in their lifetime. Twenty-eight percent disagreed.

Nearly three in four said this Congress has done nothing to deal with the nation's problems.

This disdain for Congress "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 told the network.

"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."

Neither political party is spared. Fifty-two percent said Congress' Democratic leaders are taking the nation in the wrong direction, while 54 percent felt that way about Republicans.

The survey was taken December 16-19, questioning 1,035 adults nationwide by telephone. Margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

 

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