The dissatisfaction with Congress crossed party and generational lines, according to CNN's polling director.
"That sentiment exists among all demographic and political subgroups. Men, women, rich, poor, young, old - all think this year's Congress has been the worst they can remember," Polling Director Keating Holland said. "Older Americans - who have lived through more congresses - hold more negative views of the 113th Congress than younger Americans. Republicans, Democrats and independents also agree that this has been the worst session of Congress in their lifetimes."
The poll found that blame was spread across the aisle: 52 percent said they believed Democrats in Congress would move the country in the wrong direction, while 54 said the same of Republicans. An equal percentage, 54 percent, weren't optimistic about President Barack Obama's policies.
The poll surveyed 1,035 adults nationwide by phone from Dec. 16-19. The survey had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.