More than 4 in 5 Americans angry or dissatisfied with Washington: poll

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A vast majority of Americans are frustrated with Washington, according to a new Monmouth University poll released Tuesday. 

Over 80 percent say they are either angry or dissatisfied with the government, a figure that has remained roughly consistent since May of last year, according to the survey.

Sixty-two percent indicated they are dissatisfied and 19 percent said they are angry. Only 15 percent say they are happy or satisfied. 

{mosads}Democrats (90 percent) and independents (83 percent) are slightly more likely to be frustrated than Republicans (69 percent), but large majorities of each party are still discouraged.

The poll comes two months before a new Congress begins, following an election that swept Republicans out of the majority in the House of Representatives. So far, Democrats have gained 39 seats in the election with a final seat still uncalled. Republicans, meanwhile, expanded their majority in the Senate.

Several respondents pointed to President Trump as a source of their irritation with Washington. About 62 percent of Americans feel that the country has become more divided since he took office, while 25 percent say there has been no difference and 11 percent say the country has become more unified. About a third expect the country will become further divided in the coming year.

That frustration extends to policy as well. About 56 percent of Americans polled think Trump is not paying adequate attention to issues that are most important to their families, while 38 percent think he is paying enough attention.

While 72 percent of Republicans say that Trump is paying enough attention to their most important issues, only 37 percent of independents and 13 percent of Democrats agree.

“There’s a pervading sense that unless your party is in charge, the system itself is broken. That’s not good for the long term health of our nation’s political institutions,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Monmouth University surveyed 802 adults from Nov. 9-12. The poll has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

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