Poll: 72 percent of voters say Congress has been 'unproductive'

Seventy-two percent of voters say Congress has been “unproductive” this year, giving lawmakers low marks as they begin their August recess.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal/ Marist poll released Sunday found that 47 percent believe Congress has been "very unproductive," with 25 percent believing it has been "somewhat unproductive."

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The survey comes as Congress begins its first week of a month-long recess. There are only a handful of legislative days left on the calendar before the November elections, and lawmakers left with some big-ticket items remaining on their to-do list.

The poll found 3 percent of people believe Congress has been very productive, while 20 percent said it has been somewhat productive. 

Congress got poor marks across party lines, with 77 percent of independents saying lawmakers had not gotten enough done, along with 73 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of Democrats. 

Republicans, though, were the least likely to say Congress was "very unproductive," at 44 percent. Fifty-three percent of Democrats and 52 percent of independents said the same. 

Congress passed bills overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs and providing highway funding before leaving town. But lawmakers were unable to agree on compromise legislation providing emergency funding for the border crisis. The House passed a $659 border bill but the Senate left town without moving legislation.

A study from Pew Research said the 113th Congress is close to passing the fewest number of consequential bills in the last 20 years. According to Pew, Congress has approved only 108 substantive bills that became law and 34 ceremonial bills through July 29. 

The only other Congress that came close is the previous one, which passed only 110 consequential pieces of legislation. 

Congress’s approval rating stands in the mid-teens. 

The poll surveyed 760 people from July 28-29 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percent.