Washington (CNN) – The worst Congress ever.
That's the verdict from two-thirds of Americans about the track record of the 113th Congress, according to a new national poll. And a CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday also indicates that nearly three-quarters of the public say that this has been a "do-nothing" Congress.
Two-thirds of those questioned said the current Congress is the worst in their lifetime, with 28% disagreeing.
"That sentiment 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 said. "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."
According to the survey, 73% say that this Congress has so far done nothing to address the country's problems, with one in four disagreeing.
Even though it did pass a budget agreement, fewer than 60 bills have been signed into law during the first year of the two-year long 113th Congress, according to CNN analysis and by other news organizations as well. Assuming lawmakers don't pick up the pace next year, and that's a safe bet as 2014 is an election year, this will become the least productive Congress in at least the last four decades.
The poll also indicates there's little optimism for the future.
"Negative attitudes extend to both sides of the aisle: 52% believe that the policies of the Democratic leaders in Congress would move the country in the wrong direction; 54% say the same about the policies of congressional Republicans," Holland said.
And 54% say the same thing about President Barack Obama's policies
The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International on December 16-19, with 1,035 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
–CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
Traced directly to the Guns Over People tea potty mistake in 2010. Looks like buyer's remorse for Republicans.
So we don't like the president and like congress even less, yet we keep voting for those who want to make government bigger and more intrusive into our lives. Brilliant.
CNN : if you are just figuring this out and needed a poll to tell you this , just give it up !
Interesting but I saw a lot of bills that came out of the House of Representatives that were simply ignored by the clown Harry Reid in the Senate. I would say the Senate is the worst ever and not blame the entire congress.
And why is this news?
Whats the point CNN? Americans are going to send these same people right back to D.C. in 2014, I personally guarantee it. Then, the real freak show begins.
SURPRISE!!! and everybody will vote for these idiots again.
Sometimes doing nothing is better than forcing "something" through just to claim achievement. I think we've seen some of that lately.
So The United States Citizens are finally turning against the American Taliban? About time!
I wasn't polled, but I agree most heartily with the majority here. They rake in all the money they can, get benefits most of us would be overjoyed to have at least 25% of, and as long as they're in office they figure they might as well do nothing. Nice.
If you don't like what you see a) vote b) turn off your TV during political commercials and c) face down your elected officials and hold them accountable.
How can you say a "Do Nothing" Congress when hey give themselves a pay raise, they make sure their benefits are never cut, they enjoy spending your money and not theirs; they do plenty for themselves.
How can they be called a do nothing congress? They passed obamacare and almost doubled the national debt. They've managed to screw America.
That's not saying much given that the last congress passed laws that they didn't even read. I'd rather a congress not pass laws that they understand as opposed to passing laws that they don't read.
I am surprised the # isn't higher.
Why is it........That most of the time CNN does not show the break down of their "polls"? For example-how many Democrats, Republicans, and Independents were asked in the poll. Keep in mind.......Before Obama/Democrats got their "shellacking" in 2010–according to most "polls"–Democrats were polling 2-3 points ahead of the Republicans. I feel another "shellacking" coming up in the 2014 mid-term elections. This is especially true being that most Senate seats up for election/reelection are in states that supported Romney and the voters do not like Obama (he is showing an approval in the 30s in some of these states).
LoL Boxing day GOP, get your gloves on !
Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same coin. The only hope for the People to take back their government is voting third party and starting term limits.
So...we have the worst Congress and the worst President at the same time.
Good job, voters. We have exactly the government we deserve.
Historically, the worst set-up for unemployment is a split Congress.
A dem-controlled Congress is next worst. And the lowest rates are when the Repubs control both houses of Congress.
The worst Congress ever , "do-nothing" Congress , obstructionist Congress .
Maybe since Lincoln , the Abolitionist Movement , Emancipation and pre civil war ?
" I'd rather fight then switch " or " You've come a long way Baby "
The House Speaker , John A. Boehner needs to stop what he's smoking .
"Assuming lawmakers don't pick up the pace next year, and that's a safe bet as 2014 is an election year, this will become the least productive Congress in at least the last four decades."
And that's a bad thing because????
is this improvement?
I don't know why this is considered breaking news. A study I watched a couple weeks back proved that this was the worst Congress EVER. Even if they tripled the bills they write in 2014 they still would be the worst ever.
How do they expect Congress to do anything when various states elected Tea Party nitwits, who love to stonewall on every single thing, into Congress?
Get rid of the Tea Party (not necessarily the Republicans) and things will get better.