Nearly three-quarters of voters say that the United States Congress has been unproductive this year, including 50 percent who say it's been very unproductive, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.
By comparison, 19 percent believe it has been productive, and another 3 percent say it's been very productive.
These numbers come after statistics show that the current Congress (2013-2014) is on pace to be the least productive Congress in the modern era -- measured by bills that are signed into law.
The NBC/WSJ/Marist poll also shows that Americans are divided on congressional control for the upcoming midterm elections. By 43 percent to 41 percent, voters say they want to see congressional Republicans stay in control of the House.
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And by an equal 43 percent to 41 percent margin, they want to see Republicans in charge of the Senate.
The NBC/WSJ/Marist poll was conducted July 28-31 of 634 registered voters, and it has a margin of error here of plus-minus 3.9 percentage points.
First published August 3 2014, 6:22 AM
Mark Murray is the Senior Political Editor at NBC News, where he covers politics for the network, writes and edits its popular â€œFirst Readâ€ blog, and appears daily on MSNBC and Washington DCâ€™s NBC affiliate to discuss the latest political news.
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He also serves as a key manager of NBCâ€™s political coverage, giving direction to the networkâ€™s reporters and producers.
Before joining NBC News in 2003, Murray spent five years as a reporter at National Journal. And he has written freelance articles published in the New York Times (Sunday op-ed page), the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Monthly, Washingtonian magazine, and Washington City Paper.
Murray is a 1996 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (B.A.), and he resides in Washington DC.