Poll: 80% Unhappy With Washington, 30% Angry

Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 02:11 PM

By David Yonkman, Washington Correspondent

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Eighty percent of Americans are unhappy with Washington, with 30 percent describing themselves as “angry,” according to a new poll.

The level of anger among respondents is up nine points since December and is the highest level of anger since CBS News first asked the question in 2010.

In December, 75 percent of the country was unhappy with Washington, and only 21 percent were angry.

Republicans and independents were more likely than Democrats to say they are angry, according to CBS.

The percentage of Americans who say the country is headed in the right direction (32 percent) is down eight points since early February. Nearly 90 percent of Republicans think the country is on the wrong track, and 60 percent of Democrats say it is headed in the right direction.

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating has fallen to 45 percent, the lowest since his re-election, CBS reports. Throughout much of 2012 it hovered just below 50 percent, and it is now near where it was last summer.

Congress’ approval remains near an historic low, with only 11 percent approving, down from 14 percent in February. Democrats, Republicans, and independents all registered negative reviews of lawmakers.

Most Americans want to cut spending and raise taxes to reduce the deficit, but are strongly opposed to cuts in Social Security (79 percent) and Medicare (80 percent). Two-thirds are unwilling to have their own taxes raised in the name of deficit reduction.

Americans continue to believe the $85 billion in across-the-board government spending cuts —  known as the sequester — will be bad for the country (41 percent) in the long run, and just 28 percent expect their effect to be good for the country.

However, the view that the sequester will have no impact has doubled since early March before the cuts took effect, from 12 percent to 23 percent.

The poll was conducted by land-line and mobile phones from March 20-24, among 1,181 adults nationwide. It had a three-point margin of error.

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