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Americans pessmistic about lawmakers' ability to act

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Americans aren't confident about officials' efforts to deal with the country's problems, a new George Washington University Battleground poll found.


The poll, a joint effort by Democratic pollster Celinda Lake and Republican pollster Ed Goeas, found more than 55 percent strongly feel the nation is on the wrong track.


Fifty-four percent think Washington officials can't work together to solve problems.


The news for the upcoming election is ominous for incumbents: Among likely voters, the poll found 54 percent thinking a new lawmaker should have a chance at the Capitol, while 29 percent say their incumbent deserves re-election.

2013 certainly took a toll on the public's view of Washington,” said George Washington University Professor Chris Arterton in a statement. “Performance ratings are down across the board and a general sense of discouragement has set in.  The public is clearly focused on jobs and the economy and doesn't feel that the politicians are addressing their issues.”


Republicans see a big opening with the Affordable Care Act--they keep reminding voters of its troubles. The poll found 56 percent are against the law, while 40 percent favor it. Support for the law has decreased slightly since December.

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