Poll: Congress Atop Independents' Anger List

Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 10:23 PM

By Andra Varin

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Americans are fed up with the federal government, particularly Congress, and Independents especially are ready for a change, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Just 29 percent of voters have “a lot” or “some” confidence that the government will make some progress over the next year toward fixing the nation’s problems, the United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll found. That number drops to just 18 percent among Independents.

A huge number of Independents -- 80 percent -- say they have “not much confidence” or “no confidence at all” that the government can make progress next year.

The poll shows a big drop in optimism among Independents following last summer’s budget battle, when both parties in Congress and the Obama administration were locked in a standoff over raising the debt ceiling, according to the National Journal.

Just a quarter of Independents say their congressional representative has done a good job and deserves re-election, compared with 38 percent of Democrats and 34 percent of Republicans, the National Journal reports.

The telephone poll of 1,008 adults was conducted Dec. 8-11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.



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