NBC/WSJ poll: Three-quarters of voters call Congress “do nothing”

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Congress has earned the title “do nothing,” according to the majority of American voters.

Almost three-quarters (74 percent) of voters say Congress was unproductive this year, as well as 50 percent who called lawmakers “very unproductive,” according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.

Only 19 percent of respondents say Capitol Hill legislators have been productive while another 3 percent they have been very productive.

This NBC/WSJ/Marist poll supports the data that shows the 2013-2014 Congress being on track for the record of least productive Congress in modern times, when measured by the number of bills signed into law.

Americans are also divided on who will have congressional power after the November midterm elections. Voters want congressional Republicans stay in control of the House by a margin of 43-41 percent.

An equal number — also 43 to 41 percent – say they want Republicans to take charge of the Senate.

NBC/WSJ/Marist College polled 634 registered voters July 28-31 with a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percentage points.

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