A growing body of evidence suggests that our current crop of representatives in Washington have, in fact, formed the worst congress... ever.
A new CBS News/New York Times poll last week revealed that 82% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job - the highest disapproval rating since polling began in 1977. Just 14% approve of Congress' performance.
The poll comes on the heels of a debt-ceiling debate that was fraught with tension and absent of any real solutions.
Prior to the debt deal being passed last week, a USA Today/Gallup Poll in July showed that just 7% of Americans believed their representatives in Washington were negotiating in good faith. And two-thirds of respondents said elected leaders in Congress were putting their own political interests ahead of the country's interests - leaving U.S. taxpayers to suffer.
Sadly, Americans have gotten even more frustrated since a compromise on the debt deal was reached.
The CBS/NYT survey was taken on August 2nd and 3rd - immediately after the deal was brokered. It found that 68% of Americans disapprove of the way the Democrats handled the debt-ceiling debate, while just 28% approved.
Republicans fared even worse. Some 72% of Americans disapproved of their approach to the debt debate, while just 21% approved. Additionally, the majority of Americans (52%) say Republicans were too uncompromising. Comparatively, 34% say Democrats compromised too little.