What do both members of the Republican and Democratic parties agree about?
According to a poll released by CNN this week, it is that the current U.S. Congress is the worst one ever.
A story on CNN.com reports that 73 percent of Americans believe this is a "do-nothing" Congress and two-thirds of those polled believe it is the worst one ever assembled.
"That sentiment exists among all demographic and political subgroups. Men, women, rich, poor, young, old - all believe this is the worst Congress they can remember," Keating Holland, CNN's director of polling said.
The story says there is not much optimism in the electorate either. Fifty-two percent believe policies advocated by Democrats will take the country in the wrong direction; 54 percent believe Republican plans will hurt the country.
If CNN's numbers are remotely accurate, it should signal a tough year for incumbents. Such general animosity by the public to this Congress as a whole should challenge the tendency to return some 90 percent of those seeking re-election to their seats.
In the past, sitting legislators have tended to brush off poll numbers like these, confident their name recognition and ability to raise money guarantee a return trip to Washington.
It will be interesting to see if the public is finally fed up enough with the "worst Congress ever" to get rid of its members.
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