Washington (CNN) - When it comes to getting things done in the nation's capital, a new poll suggests Americans expect more of the same gridlock in 2014.
The first year of President Barack Obama's second term in office included the first federal government shutdown in nearly two decades and little legislative accomplishments by Congress.
The lack of action and the terse relations between Democrats and Republicans in Washington most likely fueled the results of a United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll. Fifty-seven percent of people questioned in the survey said that the White House and Congress cooperated less than usual this year, with just 36% saying the cooperation level was about the same as in years past and only five percent saying there was more cooperation.
Looking ahead to next year, six in 10 say they expect as much cooperation between the administration of President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans as we had this year. Nearly a quarter say there will be even less cooperation, with 16% predicting there will be more agreement between the two parties.
Congress (Republicans control the House and Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate) is on pace to have its least productive year in modern history, earning a "do-nothing" label to an institution whose approval rating is hovering around 10%.
So far, 56 bills have been signed into law in the first session of the 113th Congress. Assuming legislators don't pick up the pace next year - and the smart money says they won't as the midterms draw near - this will become the least productive Congress in at least the last 40 years, according to a CNN analysis of congressional records.
The gridlock that marked 2013 came during a non-election year. It's a different story next year, with the entire House and more than a third of the Senate (and outside of Washington three-dozen governorships are up for grabs as well) most likely making any agreements between Democrats and Republicans even more fleeting.
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, which was released Wednesday, was conducted November 21-24, with 1,003 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.