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Americans really hate Congress

July 24, 2013, at 11:14 AM

We’ve known for years that most Americans have grown tired of their representatives in Washington, D.C., but a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows their disaffection hitting new highs.

A stunning 83 percent now disapprove of the job Congress is doing, which is an all-time high in the survey. In addition, 57 percent would vote to defeat and replace every single member of Congress if given the option.

President Obama doesn’t escape the disdain of Americans either. His approval rate is now just 45 percent, it’s lowest level since the August 2011 debt-ceiling fight, which wounded nearly every politician.

When asked to explain why they don’t like what’s going on in the nation’s capital, survey respondents cite the following:

1. Gridlock and the inability for lawmakers to get anything done.
2. The middle-class being ignored.
3. President Obama’s policies and leadership.

And, of course, there’s a big political divide in these highly polarized times: Democrats and independents point to congressional gridlock as the chief culprit, while Republicans blame the president.

If you’re looking for next year’s midterm elections to "break the fever," as President Obama famously once said, don’t hold out much hope. Voters are evenly split between which party they want to control Congress, 44 percent to 44 percent.

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