New poll: Americans are more dissatisfied with gov't than ever

3:54 PM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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(NBCNC) - If you're fed up with all the gridlock in Washington, you're not alone - and this morning we have some new numbers to prove it. 

Our recent polls showed people have been very frustrated with what's not happening here in Washington. This latest poll that came out at midnight shows that feeling getting worse.

President Obama heads to Illinois and Missouri today to talk about the economy. "The President is going to say we should have the government spend more money on many different things and we should raise taxes to pay for it," said Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform.  

"I have, speaking for myself, no interest in reopening the subject of additional taxes," said Senate Minority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). 

Today's speech is an attempt to shift the focus from Washington's gridlock. "Bottom line: the American public is really down on Washington, D.C. right now," said Senior Political Editor, NBC News, Mark Murray.

Our new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll overnight gives the president a 45% approval rating - only 1 point from his lowest ever. 

For Congress, it's even worse - only 12% of Americans think they're doing a good job. That's a new low. 83 % disapprove - that's an all-time high. 

Nearly six in ten said given the chance, they'd get rid of every single member of congress - deadlocked on key issues like immigration. "It's like: 'Give us a vote, dudes,'" said Frank Sharry, America's Voice  

Now there are threats of a government shutdown as the budget debate begins. Plus, we're expected to hit the debt ceiling again this fall. "We're not going to raise the debt ceiling without real cuts in spending, it's as simple as that," said House Speaker John Boehner, (R) Ohio.  

"We are not negotiating on the debt ceiling." Senate Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV).

More gridlock - and new numbers showing America more frustrated than ever. 


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