Disapproval of Congress hits all-time high, new poll finds


WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speak to the media at the White House on November 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Congressional leaders met with U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss deficit reduction and other economic issues. (Photo by Roger Wollenberg/Getty Images)


Roger L. Wollenberg

A record number of Americans have lost faith in Washington and disapprove of the job Congress is doing (or not doing), according to a new poll.

Eighty-three percent of those surveyed in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll expressed dissatisfaction with Capitol Hill.

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And nearly six in 10 said they would vote out every member if they could — another all-time high.

Neither is President Barack Obama safe from voters' scorn.

His approval rating dipped to 45 percent — its lowest level since August 2011, when the debt-ceiling showdown tarnished the image of nearly everyone in Washington.

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Voters are split over who they want to see in power, though.

Forty-four percent of those surveyed want Democrats in control of Congress, while 44 percent would prefer to see Republicans in charge, according to the poll.

About 60 percent feel that the country is "off track," a number that's remained pretty consistent since the financial crisis began, though not as bad as in 2008.

The survey of 1,000 adults, conducted over July 17-21, has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.