Poll: 83 percent disapprove of job Congress is doing

July 24, 2013 at 9:29 AM
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WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- More than one in five Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing and a majority said they'd chuck the whole lot if they could, an NBC poll indicated.

A stunning 83 percent of respondents said they are unhappy with the job Congress is doing, results of the NBC News-Wall Street Journal released Wednesday indicated. Only 12 percent of respondents said they approve.

Fifty-seven percent of registered voters said they would rather elect someone new to Congress than their current representative, and an equal number said they would replace every member of Congress if they could.

The same poll indicated President Obama's job-approval rating dipped to its lowest level since August 2011. The latest poll indicated Obama's overall job-approval rating was 45 percent, a 3 percentage point drop from last month.

Democrats and independents blamed partisanship and congressional gridlock while Republicans blame the president.

The poll also indicated a combined 44 percent say they are either "optimistic and confident" or "satisfied and hopeful" that Obama will do a good job during the remainder of his term, down 7 percentage points from January.

A combined 56 percent say they are either "uncertain" or "pessimistic" about the remainder of his second term, up 8 percentage points since January.

Results are based on nationwide phone interviews with 1,000 adults conducted July 17-21. The margin of error is 3.1 percentage points.

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