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
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.

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Jan 8, 2013 6:53 PM CST
Congress, Democrates and Republican is a run a way Train. Everyone aboard honestly think they were born on that train. They are not getting off until they die. They are not the problem. They do what they do because they get re elected. They get re elected because of name recognition. The American public is so accustomed to put anyone they already know back in office even if that law maker could be replaced by a better candidate. So there, Congress will always be a Runaway, Spending Money, Giving Money, Pocketing Money, Stealing Money, Hiding Money, Getting Money Favors. Constituients, Constituients and Constituients who keep filling their pockets and expecting favors. Sexual affairs like nobody's business....the only time that it comes out is when they get caught. So there ladies and gentlemen, the 77% that think that Washington Politics do Serious Damage should just look in the Mirror.
gomer99
Jan 8, 2013 1:35 PM CST
More and more people are beginning to realize: GRIDLOCK IS YOUR FRIEND You are safest when congress is NOT in session. ...now, if we could just stop this "executive order" bullshit.....
finkster
Jan 8, 2013 10:48 AM CST
American politics suck and so do both these political parties.