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NBC News poll: Americans hate the Congress

By April MacIntyre Mar 17, 2010, 9:01 GMT

NBC News poll: Americans hate the Congress

US Republican Representative Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin shakes hand with Democratic Representative Allyson Schwartz (L) of Pennsylvania, as House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt Jr (bottom C), Democrat of South Carolina, GO HOME EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Corrupt, inept, gropey-ish, dim, entitled, in denial, power mad, and generally a load of tits on bulls is how Americans view their elected officials.

In a poll jointly released today by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, the American public overwhelmingly agrees: The nation is on the wrong track, the economy has negatively affected the country and Congress is broken - just 17% of Americans approve of Congress' job, according to the poll.

“The memo is pretty simple -- ‘Americans to Congress: You stink,’” says Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, who conducted the survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff. “The public is disgusted and unhappy,” Hart adds. “To me, this is an exceptionally important story.”

The poll reveals less agreement on the current topic of healthcare. As Congress prepares for a crucial and possibly decisive vote on the fate of President Barack Obama’s health care plan, the American public is evenly divided whether the legislation should be passed (46%) or rejected (45%), according to the poll.

Some other findings from the poll include:

·        48% of respondents approve of Obama's job as president, and 47% disapprove

·        50% of respondents would vote to replace every single member of Congress, if given the opportunity

·        Nearly 3 in 4 still agree with this even if it means Democrats keep the majority

·        Nearly 3 in 4 agree with this even if it means Republicans take majority

The joint NBC/WSJ poll was conducted as part of a regular review of the nation's political climate. Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart and Republican pollster Bill McInturff surveyed participants and tabulated the results.

The poll was conducted of 1,000 adults (104 reached by cell phone) from March 11, 13-14, and has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points. Poll results will be announced by Chuck Todd on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” on Tuesday, March 16 as well as on www.msnbc.com.

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