Most Americans predict more gridlock in 2014
December 5th, 2013
09:15 AM ET
7 years 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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  1. Rudy NYC

    Anyone who listened to the John Boehner interview a couple of holiday seasons ago, the one where he scorned compromise and reaching across the aisle knows to expect nothing but gridlock. Boehner had flat out stated that his objective was to not cooperate with Democrats on any level. Government isn't the problem. It's the Republican Party that's the problem.

    December 5, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. rs

    As long as Republicans remain in a majority or near majority in the House or Senate, there will be gridlock.Their strange addiction to obstructing everything (including their own initiatives) is quite mystifying, but they certainly are indicative of their inability or unwillingness to lead.
    A very compelling reason to vote them out at every opportunity until they get their wits back.

    December 5, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Winston Smith

    Why don't you clowns try to do something that will shock the rest of us? Try not to live down to our usual expectations of you for once. Do what's right for the people and forget your so called uncalled for ideologies.

    December 5, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Get rid of the obstructionist GOP unless you want to flush more of your tax money down the toilet. Does the 24 billion dallar loss during the GOP goverment shut down ring a bell????? Kick these GOP useless clowns out of office ASAP

    December 5, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Larry in Houston

    of course there will be more gridlock in 2014, what else would you expect with a divided congress ? I will honestly say, once the congress is either one party or another, there won't be any gridlock, much.

    December 5, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Give the house to the dems if you want to move forward unless you want to keep paying the GOP for doing nothing, even republicans should vote AGAINEST the useless GOP obstructionist

    December 5, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I believe nothing will get done until this DO NOTHING republican majority in the House is ousted.

    December 5, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. Gunderson

    Big Liberal plan seperate you from money and hand it to loafer's there be plenty of Gridlock. Liberal Plan getting old. Just trust us and everything be fine. No kidding when that happen? We already over 17 Trillion in debt and you no fix anything. Stop selling snake Oil.

    December 5, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Considering that Eric Cantor (R-VA) has reduced the time the House will be in session 2014, there is little likelihood that THIS Congress will be "productive" at all. I suspect most will - courtesy of Cantor's calendar - be primping for re-election pandering.

    Who among us will chose to vote these do nothing Republicans back into their respective taxpayer funded and generally vacated Washington offices is anyone's guess.

    December 5, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. Sniffit

    ""We're not doing a government shutdown," Chaffetz said in response to questions from CNN's Crossfire co-host Stephanie Cutter about the priorities of Republicans in the House, pointing to the last partial government shutdown."

    When one party is so petulant and recalcitrant that they completely abuse all process, routinely threaten to not fund the gov't, routinely threaten to cause the nation to default on its debts and use their temper tantrum threats, hostage-taking and manufactured crises to demand that they get what they want "or else" because they refuse to compromise in any way, shape or form, thereby bringing the entire gov't to a standstill, then they have functionally caused a "government shutdown," regardless of whether it has been "technically" shut down. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. GOPers/Teatrolls need to grow the heck up and start learning to accept election results that do not go their way. Taking the ball and going home IS NOT AN OPTION.

    December 5, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Gridlock will not end, until Obama leaves office. Obama IS the problem with our government, along with his henchmen, who support his dictatorship.

    December 5, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    Tom l

    So yet another lie from Obama. He keeps saying that repubs have "no ideas" about healthcare but that is just patently false and divisive. Repubs have many ideas including buying insurance across state lines, tort reform and grouping small businesses together to form a larger pool. Those are certainly ideas and none have been considered by dems not Obama. Big. Liar. Period. (And my period means its actually the end of my statement
    Buying insurance across state lines sounds good, but what if your doctor does not accept that insurance because it is out of the network? Unless you address that problem, buying it from another state is meaningless. Small businesses have been pooling themselves togetther, and it has not stopped the increase in rates for those pools and it does nothing to help individuals who need to purchase it, like retirees. All tort reform does is make it harder for people to go after doctors for gross negligence: while every doctor can expect to be sued at least once in their career ( my brother-in-law went through that already: he won), it still does nothing to significantly lower liability costs for surgeons. The ACA is a GOP, private -sector response that the GOP chose to walk away from, even though it stresses personal responsibility and accountability AND keeps the health insurance industry in private hands. Do something other than repeat tired talking points that the GOP never tried to pass when they owned both Congress and the White House: is there anything new they have offerred? I would like to hear it if such plans exist.

    December 5, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. A True Conservative

    I'm still laughing over the earlier CNN article that many people don't understand that they won't have health insurance unless they pay the bill!!! "Whhhhaaaatttt? I have to pay for it? I thought this was from the government and my Obamaphone......"

    December 5, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Brain dead right wingnuts do not care if they shut down the government, default on our debt, as long as they can beat the drums for more wars. 'Country first' was the biggest lie they ever told.

    December 5, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Anonymous

    "......with 16% predicting there will be more agreement between the parties".

    Wow, I wish I had that much optimism. I imagine it will get worse because of the 2014 elections. The more
    desperate they become, the meaner they are. Any Party that has to have "classes" on how to run against
    women is still operating from the "good old days"..........."when will they ever learn?"

    December 5, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Rudy NYC


    Guns have been around the US for 225 years. Ask yourself what has changed that we now have all the issues? It isn't the guns, that's for sure.
    Classic right wing historical re-write and denial of the facts. Guns have been around a heck of a lot longer than 225 years. The best part is the final parting shot. This gun enthusiast must still be shooting with flint locks and no bullets.

    December 5, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. Donna

    Gridlock is just fine with me if "doing something" means more of the far left Democrat Obama failed policies. If it wasn't for the Republicans in the House, Obama and the Democrats would have already destroyed this nations economy. As it is they have kept it at record levels of unemployment with their endless jamming of Obamacare down our throats. It has totally destroyed the business climate in this country.

    December 5, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. Ol' Yeller

    @Larry in Houston
    "of course there will be more gridlock in 2014, what else would you expect with a divided congress ? I will honestly say, once the congress is either one party or another, there won't be any gridlock, much."

    Absolutely correct. Like CA voters learned after the shameful coup of their Dem Gov, which led to 8 years of Schwarzaneggar, which led to the utter collapse of their economy. They wised up, elected a Dem supermajority and a Dem Gov. and now look at them go! They have their healthcare site up and running and it is a success and all the repulicnts can do *and have done) is create a fake website to lie to the voters and confuse them in a lame and pitiful effort t odiscredit the ACA.
    It's all over but the lying....

    December 5, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Silence DoGood

    GOP broke the government further to prove it is broken.
    That is like a mechanic using a hammer to break parts in a car engine because it seemed to be running roughly.
    How about FIXING it?

    December 5, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. Tea :Party Thomas

    Never give in to the socialists. Our agenda should be the following.

    repeal that hated OBAMA CARE.
    impeach Mr. Obama for crimes against the American people.
    balance the budget this year.

    December 5, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. HenryMiller

    The more gridlock the better! Sometimes, doing nothing is the right thing to do, and when it's the US government, doing nothing is almost always the right thing to do. Better nothing than destructive, insanely expensive, "something," and insanely expensive destruction is just about all the feds do these days.

    December 5, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. Malory Archer


    Its too bad...Patty Murray is a Senator from our state. I have clients that worked with her on the PTA in North Seattle area. They hate her because she has a "D" after her last name, and they're partisan hacks. Just being the messenger.



    December 5, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Woman In California

    This will all straighten out once the president leaves office. Even though he's the best president of my adult lifetime, the respect factor has and will always be missing. When you have a group of people who think the POTUS is below them, that he's out of his place and who openly state they won't work with HIM – this is what you get. Personally, I am over expecting anything to get accomplished with the current group in the GOP in fact, I just look forward to 2016 when the bigots in this country calm down.

    December 5, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. Fair is Fair

    Given the choie between gridlock and rubber-stamping ill-conceived destructive policies, I'll take gridlock.

    December 5, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  25. just asking

    so just what does the far left progressive/socialist/communist/democrat party intend to compromise on with the republicans? nothing, nada, zilch. it is far left lunacy like obamacare or nothing. in that case, nothing is looking real good to me!

    not until the american people remove the lying deceitful democrat party from office in 2014 & 2016 will this country be able to recover. democrats only know how to take, redistribute and destroy. obamacare was the perfect example of that.

    December 5, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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