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Exit Polls: Most Americans Unhappy With Washington

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The afternoon sun hits the U.S. Capitol on the eve of the nation's mid-term elections. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Nov 2014 07:14 PM

Exit polls from Tuesday's midterm elections show Americans are unhappy and dissatisfied with how politicians in Washington are doing their jobs.

CNN reports that about that 79 percent of Americans are unhappy with Congress' performance. Fewer than one-third of those polled are satisfied with the job performance of both President Barack Obama and Republican leaders.

Before heading to vote on Tuesday, seven in 10 Americans, according to the CNN report, were worried about the state of the economy.

Exit polls showed almost six in 10 Americans were either unhappy or angry with the Obama administration and Republican leaders on Capitol Hill.

Two-thirds of voters polled by CNN think the country is on the wrong track, while 72 percent are "at least somewhat worried" about a terrorist attack.

The exit poll results demonstrate Americans are generally unhappy with the how the country is being run and where it is headed. With Republicans hoping to gain control of the Senate after Tuesday's midterms — several pre-election polls and experts' opinions said that will happen — the balance of power could tilt in favor of the GOP.

Should Republicans take the reins of the Senate chamber, the party's next goal will be to win back the White House in 2016.

Politico reports that 54 percent of voters polled on Tuesday do not approve of the job Obama is doing, with just 44 percent saying they are satisfied with his job performance.

But the unhappy theme takes a right turn as well. According to Politico, 56 percent of people have an unfavorable view of the Republican party compared to 53 percent who have the same feeling about Democrats.

Further, 59 percent of Americans who voted on Tuesday are unhappy with Republican leaders on Capitol Hill.

Fox News, meanwhile, reports that 49 percent of voters feel life in the U.S. will be worse for their children than it is now — a record high, according to the report.

The network also says Scott Brown, the New Hampshire Republican candidate for Senate embroiled in a close race with Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, has the support of 50 percent of independent voters — a group he tried hard to win over heading into election day.

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Fox also reports that 34 percent of Americans showed up to vote because they were opposed to Obama's policies.

Another issue polled by CNN was immigration. About half of those questioned think illegal immigrants currently residing in the U.S. should be offered a path to legal citizenship. The majority of Americans, meanwhile, support U.S. military action against the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group.

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