Worst. Congress. Ever. The case in 7 charts.

October 31, 2013

The new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll paints a dire picture of Americans' opinions about Congress. Three in four believe Congress is making the problems in the country worse, not better. More than six in 10 want to replace their member of Congress with someone new.

So, is this the worst Congress ever? That depends on how you define "worst," but there's little doubt the 113th Congress is in the running for that ignominious title. Let's go through the various ways worst can be measured -- and how the 113th measures up.

1. Congress isn't getting anything done. CHECK....


....And CHECK.

Image courtesy of Pew.
Image courtesy of Pew.

 

2. Congress isn't popular. CHECK.

congress approval trend

3. People don't trust Congress to do the right thing. CHECK.


Image courtesy of Gallup

4. Congress is more polarized than ever before. CHECK.


Image courtesy of Voteviews blog

5. Lots of people want to fire every member of Congress. CHECK.


Image courtesy of Bill McInturff/POS

6. More people believe they have seen a ghost than approve of Congress. CHECK.

Image courtesy of Pew.
Image courtesy of Pew.
Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.
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