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Voters agree: Founding Fathers would heartily disapprove of what goes on in Washington these days

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George Washington, Thomas Jefferson - those iconic men of American history and heritage would not be happy with what’s going on in the nation’s capital these days. That’s what 82 percent of U.S. voters say, according to a Fox News poll released just in time for July Fourth.

A robust 95 percent of Republicans and 89 percent of conservatives agree with this, along with 68 percent of Democrats and 69 percent of liberals.

“Do you believe the United States would be a better country if we followed the ideas of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution more closely?” the Fox poll asked.

The response: 77 percent of voters overall agreed, along with 94 percent of Republicans, 91 percent of conservatives, 60 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of liberals.

“The poll also shows people feel dubious about the nation’s political leadership. While 35 percent say they trust the federal government, many more - a 62 percent majority - say they don’t,” says Fox News correspondent Dana Blanton. “And 71 percent of voters think the government in Washington has too much power.”

She adds that a mere 15 percent approve of the job Congress is doing.

“And President Obama’s job ratings are in negative territory: 43 percent of voters approve, while over half - 51 percent - disapprove.”

The poll of 1,012 U.S. voters was conducted June 22-24.

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