Most Americans predict more gridlock in 2014
December 5th, 2013
09:15 AM ET
10 months ago

Most Americans predict more gridlock in 2014

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.


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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Vic of New York

    How to end gridlock? Do what California did – VOTE THE CONS OUT OF EXISTENCE! As soon as California voters gave Democrats a super majority in both state houses, Califonia shed its decades long guiste of being a paralized state with a failing economy. Today California is moving foward with bold initiatives to recover its economy and debt – and treat is citizens with equal dignity. Let's go America – time to dump the "Do Nothing" Republicans!

    December 5, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. The REAL Truth...

    In all my years, I do not recall such a divided, anti-POTUS, refuse to compromise Republican party in Congress.
    Sure, there have been differences in prior administrations, but NEVER, EVER has there been complete refusal to reach across the aisle by the GOP; refusal by the GOP to work on keeping the Federal Govt open, refusal by the GOP to approve nominees for open Federal positions (judges, etc) so of which have been open since 2005; manufactured scandals; complete lack of respect for the office of POTUS; finger pointing and blaming the Dems for refusing to compromise after the Senate removed the filibuster option – after the House changed rules Oct 1 to prevent anyone but Cantor (or an authorized rep) from bringing legislation to the floor for a vote; 19 refusals by the GOP to hold joint budget committee hearings; refusal to work on addressing ACA flaws and attempting to repeal it 42+ times; refusal to send anything resembling realistic, non-poisonous legislation to the Senate for passage.

    Of course we do not expect the GOP to change in 2104.. .and the sycophant stooges lap it up.

    December 5, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    What a funny creatures are you!!! Is USA not having GRIDLOCKS today? Why prediction? As long as
    Congress thugs from GOP there these gridlocks are pretty much NORMAL. They do not do work what
    Is good for POOR AMERICAN. They do for NRA, Hospitals, Lobby groups, insurance thugs, fox bs etc.
    All say "our karma", god bless!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. simplyput

    The president of the united states sets the tone in DC.

    December 5, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Peppy

    Not a fan of repubs, however maybe all should of listened when they tried to stop Oblundercare. They were right. Jake & Rudy before you continue bashing the GOP, stop and think of all the money, time energy etc that bamman has wasted. If your too slow to follow then there is no hope for you. The bonehead mistakes of this admin are to numerous to count.

    December 5, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Boomer in Mo

    It's all about money. Whoever has the most money can buy Congress, maybe the president too. Of course the 99% is left out because we have little money and are struggling to pay the bills and put some aside for retirement. The rich rule. The rest of us are just irritations to them.

    December 5, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    "Last month, Boehner insisted that while immigration reform was "absolutely not" dead, he had "no intention" of negotiating with the Democratic-led Senate over its comprehensive immigration proposal."
    ------------------------------------–
    Speaker Boehner is the same guy who prides himself in not having the word, "compromise", as part of his vocbulary.
    Government isn't the problem. It's the Republican Party that's the problem.

    December 5, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. betterdays

    And I predict more "make it up as I go along" legislating from the Oval Office. A fresh batch of royal decrees and proclamations. Pandering to the "undocumented." And excuses. Lots of excuses.

    December 5, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Money

    Let em keep doing nothing. That way there's less chance of them getting back into all our wallets.

    December 5, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. ashton

    Americans have a clear choice- Under Obama and the Dems- you can- to loosely quote Mexican revolutionist -Zapata- live on your knees or – stand up with the Rep and perhaps die on your feet. Today, Americans are living on their knees. No Nation has respect, love and admiration for the USA due to the current leadership of a lying, arrogant, bigoted egotistical, loud mouthed intellectual who uses, catch phrases, hand motions and repeated slogans to influence the fickle public.

    December 5, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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