A view of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Oct. 3,...

A view of Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Oct. 3, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

Public disdain for Congress has sprouted like bamboo since "shutdown" and "default" have become the terms of engagement in Washington. But there's one fast-growing sentiment that suggests disdain may be maturing into revolutionary disgust.

Six in 10 Americans queried last week for a NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll said if they could throw out every single member of Congress -- including their own representative -- they would do it. That's a potentially momentous departure from the past, when people who said they didn't like Congress usually favored their own representatives.

And that wasn't the only bit of bad news for elected officials. Eight in 10 of those polled said the country is headed in the wrong direction, and half said they don't strongly identify with either political party.

There's obvious peril in all that for congressional incumbents. They need to resurrect the art of compromise and begin to get things done for the American people. If they don't, come 2014 exasperated voters may just act on the impulse to throw them all out.

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