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Desire to Fire Congress Echoed Among D.C. Locals

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    Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Republican members of the House of Representatives. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Residents in the D.C. area seem to agree with a new poll that found most American would fire every member of Congress given the chance.

    According to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 60 percent of Americans would vote out every last member of Congress, the highest number ever recorded in that question

    NBC Washington Facebook user Susan Coburn Prien wrote, "I think it is time to call for a vote to oust every last one of them - a lack of confidence vote! Lets get some grown ups in Congress and the White House..."

    Forty-eight percent of those polled disapproved of the job President Barack Obama is doing.

    There's little doubt the anger felt towards the nation's political leaders is fueled by the ongoing government shutdown, which entered its 11th day Friday. Adding fuel to the already growing fire is the fear the U.S. could default on its debt for the first time, which Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned could cause deep damage to the economy.

    "This dispute is a disgrace to this Nation. It's quite clear, these leaders have no concern for the people of this Nation," Facebook user Fran Stetka Kolpack added.

    The poll found the desire to fire Congress was strongest among rural voters, white independents and people in GOP-held congressional districts. Meanwhile, 52 percent of people in Democratic-held districts would vote to fire every lawmaker.

    Just 14 percent of those polled feel the country is heading in the right direction while an astonishing 78 percent think the U.S. is on the wrong track. According to NBCNews, attitudes towards the economy have tanked because of "President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans’ negotiations – or lack thereof – on the budget."

    Despite the reported desire to start fresh by voting out members of Congress, many on NBCWashington's Facebook page had little faith that their fellow voters would follow through with their threats.

    "I wish this were true. But come election time next year watch how many folks vote to KEEP these very same folks who are causing this strife in our country," wrote Erick West.

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