The Week in Polls: Americans Rank Cockroaches Over Congress

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Bad Politics

It's a new year, but Americans still view Washington politicians with disdain. A large majority (77 percent) said that "the way politics works in Washington these days is causing serious harm to the United States," according to a Gallup poll released Jan. 8. Still, 52 percent also said they are optimistic about the nation's future. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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