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U.S. poll indicates strong dissatisfaction with Washington politics

(Xinhua)

09:00, August 12, 2011

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- A poll published Thursday indicates strong public dissatisfaction with Washington, with barely a quarter of those surveyed believing the federal government can fix the nation's economic problems.

The Washington Post poll reported that a majority of those surveyed said they oppose the recent debt-ceiling compromise, and nearly three-quarters said they have little or no confidence in Washington to repair the economy.

Confidence is down 21 percentage points from October 2010 and is less than half its 2002 levels. Roughly four in 10 have no confidence at all in the federal government when it comes to dealing with the economy, the poll indicated.

Furthermore, nearly eight in 10 Americans polled were dissatisfied with the way the political system is working, up dramatically from late 2009, while more than seven in 10 said Washington is focused on the "wrong things."

According to the poll, half the country agrees with the assessment of the nation's financial situation rendered by Standard & Poor's, which downgraded the U.S. credit rating for the first time in history.

The paper said the poll results are a "strong vote of no confidence." With a double-dip recession looming and the stock market in turmoil, the results indicated damage was done to President Barack Obama and both political parties by the long standoff over the debt ceiling and the weakened economy, with significant implications for both Republicans and Democrats in the elections in November 2012.

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