Although Democrats and Republicans are usually split on many political issues, a new study has found a surprising unity of opinion about the performance of the current Congress. Moreover, the results are not flattering to lawmakers.
The Harris Poll, conducted in the second half of June by Harris Interactive, found that a whopping 86 percent of voters give Congress a negative rating on the job it is doing.
Although the results vary slightly between Republicans and Democrats, solid majorities of both party’s supporters are disappointed with lawmakers’ performance—97 percent and 75 percent, respectively.
Meanwhile, among those who identify themselves as Independents, 90 percent are unhappy with Congress.
In other findings, the pollsters say Tea Party support is holding steady, with 37 percent of support and 31 percent of opposition among the general population.
Still, the survey’s predictions for the mid-term elections in November suggest a close race, as nearly 34 percent of voters plan to cast their ballot for the Democratic candidate, while 30 percent would support his or her Republican opponent.