(CNN) – The vast majority of Americans believe Congress is not tackling the nation's jobs problem, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Thursday found that 84 percent of Americans think Congress has not done enough to create jobs, and only 14 percent said they are satisfied with lawmakers' efforts so far.
The poll, which was conducted Feb. 12-15, comes at a time when the jobs drought has become a flashpoint for partisan bickering and as politicians of both parties are trumpeting proposals they say will spur hiring.
A year ago, Congress passed the massive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, now estimated to cost $862 billion. The fate of further stimulus is unclear. The Senate is expected Monday to take up an approximately $15 billion bill that would, among other things, offer tax breaks to businesses. That proposal is greatly pared back from a jobs bill that passed the House in December.
Meanwhile, the nation's unemployment rate is 9.7 percent and is likely to remain stubbornly high for at least another year. On Thursday, the government reported that 473,000 people sought first-time jobless benefits last week - 31,000 more than the previous week.
In a related CNN poll question, 83 percent of respondents said that economic conditions today are "poor," while 17 percent said they were "good." Those numbers are slightly worse than a similar CNN poll taken in early January, when 80 percent characterized the economy as "poor."
The CNN poll was conducted by telephone, with 1,023 adult Americans participating. The sampling error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.
CNNMoney's Rich Barbieri contributed to this report.