03/27/2013 01:34 pm ET Updated Mar 27, 2013

CBS Poll Shows Widespread Dissatisfaction With Washington

Americans' anger with Washington is at its highest point since 2010, according to a poll released Tuesday evening by CBS News.

Eighty percent of Americans expressed some level of unhappiness with things in Washington -- 30 percent said they were "angry" and another 50 percent said they were "dissatisfied." Just 18 percent expressed positive opinions.

There have also been other signs of dissatisfaction in Washington. President Barack Obama's approval rating, which bounced after his reelection, has since fallen back below 50 percent in most polls. Congress, which has suffered low approval for years, is at a near record-low of 11 percent, according to CBS.

Arguments over sequestration may have played a part in souring people on the nation's capital, but opinions on the impact of the cuts remain mixed. While a large block -- 41 percent -- believe sequestration will negatively affect the country, 28 percent say it will ultimately have a positive impact, the CBS poll found. Another 23 percent say it will have no impact, up from 12 percent before the cuts kicked in.

Obama and the GOP are blamed about equally for failing to stop sequestration, according to the poll, but the Republican Party continues to face an especially steep image problem. Americans are about evenly divided in their views of Democrats, but twice as many view Republicans unfavorably than favorably, 60 percent to 31 percent.

As NBC notes, that's due in part to some internal angst -- 25 percent of Republicans held a negative opinion of their own party in the new poll.

The CBS poll surveyed 1,181 adults by phone between March 20 and March 24.



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