Majority says Congress is worst they’ve seen

Two-thirds of people in the United States say the current Congress is the worst of their lifetime, a new poll by CNN/ORC International found.

People of all demographics — men, women, rich, poor, young and old — feel that way, according to CNN polling director Keating Holland.  

"Older Americans — who have lived through more congresses — hold more negative views of the 113th Congress than younger Americans," he said Thursday. "Republicans, Democrats and independents also agree that this has been the worst session of Congress in their lifetimes."

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More than 70 percent of people surveyed say this Congress has so far done nothing to address the country’s problems; one in four people disagreed.

The poll comes just a week or so after Congress successfully approved a budget deal for the first time in years.

More than half of people, the poll says, believe neither Democratic leaders nor Republican leaders in Congress would move the country in the right direction.

A similar percentage, 54 percent, say President Obama’s policies would not help the country either.

Less than 60 bills have been passed in this year’s legislative session, CNN notes. 

Congress will be in session for even fewer days in 2014, as most lawmakers work on their reelection campaigns for the midterm elections in November.