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Poll: 74 Percent of Voters Say Congress Has Been Unproductive


Nearly three-quarters of voters say that the United States Congress has been unproductive this year, including 50 percent who say it’s been very unproductive, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.

By comparison, 19 percent believe it has been productive, and another 3 percent say it’s been very productive.

These numbers come after statistics show that the current Congress (2013-2014) is on pace to be the least productive Congress in the modern era – measured by bills that are signed into law.

The NBC/WSJ/Marist poll also shows that Americans are divided on congressional control for the upcoming midterm elections. By 43 percent to 41 percent, voters say they want to see congressional Republicans stay in control of the House.

See full poll results here

And by an equal 43 percent to 41 percent margin, they want to see Republicans in charge of the Senate.

The NBC/WSJ/Marist poll was conducted July 28-31 of 634 registered voters, and it has a margin of error here of plus-minus 3.9 percentage points.

Mark Murray is the Senior Political Editor at NBC News, where he covers politics for the network, writes and edits its popular “First Read” blog, and appears daily on MSNBC and Washington DC’s NBC affiliate to discuss the latest political news. 

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Poll: 74 Percent of Voters Say Congress Has Been Unproductive