77% Think Washington Politics Do 'Serious Harm' But slight majority is optimistic about future: poll By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Jan 8, 2013 9:00 AM CST 23 comments Comments Politics in Washington do 'serious harm' to the country, Americans say. (Shutterstock) (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.