Congress Sets a New Record for Being Hated

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls finds that in addition to setting new milestones for futility, Congress is also more hated than it's ever been.

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A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls finds that in addition to setting new milestones for futility, Congress is also more hated than it's ever beenA full 83 percent of respondents say they disapprove of the job Congress is doing, the highest number for that question since the poll began tracking the number. (The last time it was even above 50 percent was in 2002.) You can read the full poll questions and results here.

President Obama is not doing so great either, though by comparison to Capitol Hill he looks fantastic. His approval rating is at 45 percent, just off of his all-time low of 44 that he reached in the midst of the debt ceiling crisis in 2011. With a margin of error at about 3 percent, the nation is basically split down the middle on their opinion of him and the way he's handling the economy.

Another 60 percent feel that the country is "off track," a number that's remained pretty consistent since the financial crisis began, though not as bad as it was in the doldrums of 2008, when things were at their worst.

When asked what we should do about Congress, however, people's answers are less clear. When asked whether they want the next Congress to be controlled by Republicans or Democrats, the answers were split right down the middle at 44 percent for each side. Fifty-seven percent say both that their own representative should step aside and that if they had the option on the ballot to replace every single member of Congress they would do it, another record high for both questions. Yet, when they were given a chance to make some changes in 2012, they basically passed. Just 23 House incumbents and only one Senator were defeated in the last election.

When it comes to the Supreme Court, no one is happy about them either. While on the whole, Americans are fairly split on their opinion of the Court, most liberals believe the court is too conservative, while most conservatives think the exact opposite. Either way, the justices can't win.

Finally, the poll also asked what folks think of Edward Snowden and George Zimmerman, with the majority of people having a negative opinion of both. The number of people who think race relations are "good" or "fairly good" has also dropped — especially among African-Americans — mostly likely due to the fallout of the Zimmeran-Trayvon Martin shooting case.

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