December 26th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 months ago

Poll: This is a 'do-nothing' Congress

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.

soundoff (916 Responses)
  1. Tee Kay

    Congress doing little is a very good thing. When they do something, all it does is cost taxpayers money we don't have. Let's hope future Congresses are just as do nothing as this one.

    December 26, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Fred C Dobbs

    Kick out all Dems and all Repubs. Find the candidates from the so called minor parties. The ones the Dems and Repubs don't want you to know about. If Americans realize that the country can have as many parties as we want the two biggies lose their power.

    Stop complaining and do something.

    December 26, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. brown

    Dear Congressional Representative,

    Start looking for a new job. You are finished!

    December 26, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Joe Cool

    We could only have wished Obama was a do-nothing presiident. If so, the country would be much better off.

    December 26, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Dennis

    So Obamacare is still twice as popular as the GOP.

    December 26, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Fallujah_Baby

    The United States is a misnomer. There is nothing united about America which can be seen clearly by the comments here. Unless both sides of the aisle get their act together, the decline of the US will increase precipitously. .

    December 26, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. joe

    perfect, this matches the Worst President Ever we have

    December 26, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. r212

    You say "do-nothing" like it's a bad thing.

    December 26, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. greg

    Ya, they Congress of Segregation from 1790's – 1960's was so much better.

    December 26, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Larry

    This is what happens when the Republicans wield a little power. "Party over country". Throw a tantrum and obstruct if you don't get 100% your way. You know how to vote in 2014. Remember, it was the Republicans that "Shut down the government" rather than compromise. They threw us all under the bus.

    December 26, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. SatiII

    Congress itself is the biggest waste of tax payer's money. They pride themselves on doing nothing..
    Ted Cruz's filibuster cost the government millions

    December 26, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Sammyc

    So what...over 85% of the current members of congress will be reelected, that is the historical percentage of incumbents reelected by their constituents Americans deserve the congress that they get. The only way to change the current merry go round of stupidity is by placing an “I” next to the incumbent on the election ballot, as most voters do not know the name of their current senator and/or congressional representative

    December 26, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Polar Bear

    Worst President, worst Congress.

    December 26, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. James

    Worst. President. Ever.

    December 26, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Uncle S.

    Duh ... the flip side is what does this say about the folks who voted these do-nothings into office, repeatedly???

    December 26, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Tim

    I have voted Republican before. I wrote the Speaker, if he shuts down the government I would never vote GOP again. I blame this lack of production on the GOP and their desire not to work with a black President. I think this is all about the color of the mans skin. I will vote democrat straight down the line from hence forth.

    December 26, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Jablabla

    You would not loose your doctor, insurance policy and get 2.5K. Who voted for that again?

    December 26, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Tim

    Worst. Reporting. Ever.

    December 26, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Winston Smith

    If you are a republican, try not to suck so much in the new year.

    December 26, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. Just sayin too....

    and yet, they'll get voted back into Congress in 2014....so who are the real do nothings???

    December 26, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. KennyEee

    Terrible!!!! Waste of our monies!!!

    December 26, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Larry

    No doubt the 28% are made up of people who get free stuff, democrats, and loony liberals

    December 26, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. RK

    Stagnation is the new buzzword..

    December 26, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Never Say Anything (NSA)

    The whole agenda of the GOP is to do nothing. They don't believe the government should solve any problems since they think the government is the problem. So for the GOP it is mission accomplished.

    December 26, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. It's not all of congress

    The fault lies at the feet of the tea party, folks. Dems and moderate Repubs have bent over backwards to try to compromise and negotiate. The tea party has done nothing but bully the rest of congress and all of America....just to protect ideology, giant corporations, the Koch brothers, and the 1-2%.

    December 26, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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