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Poll finds Americans unhappy with Congress

WASHINGTON - More than 60 percent of U.S. voters disapprove of congressional Democrats and Republicans, according to a Quinnipiac University poll that also finds two-thirds blaming both parties for Washington's legislative gridlock.

The survey found 63 percent of voters disapproving of congressional Democrats and 61 percent disapproving of congressional Republicans less than nine months before the November midterm election.

Both parties received a 28 percent job-approval rating, down 4 percentage points for each from last month.

"From the voters' point of view, it is a plague on both their houses," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Hamden, Conn.-based poll.

Almost three-fourths of those polled - 73 percent - said they were dissatisfied with the country's direction.

President Barack Obama received a 45 percent job-approval rating, while 46 percent disapproved of his performance, figures virtually unchanged from last month.

The Feb. 2-8 survey of 2,617 registered voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points.

In a question gauging attitudes toward government, 18 percent said they trusted it to do the right thing most or almost all of the time.

That compares with 27 percent who said never or hardly ever, and 54 percent who said sometimes.

Voters disapproved of Obama's handling of the economy, by 54 percent to 41 percent, unchanged from last month.

By 71 percent to 23 percent, they said reducing unemployment was more important than cutting the federal deficit.

They approved Obama's push for new jobs legislation, 72 percent to 22 percent.

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