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Americans say current US Congress worst ever: poll

WASHINGTON -- Two thirds of Americans say the current Congress is the worst ever, while three quarters slammed the “do-nothing” legislature, a CNN/ORC International poll found Thursday.

The negative attitudes were expressed toward leading lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, with 52 percent saying the policies of Democrats would move the country in the wrong direction, compared to 54 percent for Republican policies. And 54 percent of respondents said the same thing about the policies of President Barack Obama, a Democrat.

The 113th Congress did pass a budget agreement before its holiday recess, but less than 60 bills have been signed into law during its first year.

A total of 68 percent of those questioned said the current Congress was the worst in their lifetime, with only 28 percent disagreeing.

The poll, conducted by telephone Dec. 16-19 with 1,035 adults across the nation, has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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