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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

(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.

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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. (Read more Washington, DC stories.)

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