77% Think Washington Politics Do 'Serious Harm'

But slight majority is optimistic about future: poll

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 8, 2013 9:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Most of America thinks the Washington political process is doing "serious harm" to our country, a USA Today/Gallup poll finds. Some 77% say so, while just 19% disagree. Republicans feel slightly more strongly that Washington is doing harm, with 87% slamming DC politicians; 79% of independents and 68% of Democrats feel the same. The poll comes from Dec. 14-17, in the midst of the fiscal cliff standoff.

Still, while just 18% approve of the job Congress is doing, Americans are somewhat optimistic about the future of politics. Some 52% of Americans say they're optimistic that Washington will improve within a decade, compared to 45% who are pessimistic. Optimism breaks differently among parties, however: Republicans appear to lean pessimistic, 56% to 44%, while 63% of Democrats are optimistic, compared to 34% pessimistic. Some 47% of independents are optimistic, while 48% are pessimistic. Click through for more from the poll.

Politics in Washington do 'serious harm' to the country, Americans say.
Politics in Washington do 'serious harm' to the country, Americans say.   (Shutterstock)
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