Washington: Weary Americans are angry over the handling of key issues by their "partisan" and "bickering" representatives in the Congress, with a record 84 percent of registered voters saying "it's time to give someone new a chance," according to a latest poll.

Only six percent of the registered voters say that most members of Congress have earned re-election, while 84 percent say it's time to give someone new a chance, a historic low for the New York Times/CBS poll.

Dissatisfaction with Congress runs deep across both parties, with more than 8 in 10 of both Republicans and Democrats saying it's time to elect new representatives.

Congress faces historically low approval ratings as it wades into the debate over the USD 447 billion jobs package proposed by President Barack Obama, with just 12 percent of Americans now approving of the way Congress is handling its job, matching its all-time low, recorded in October 2008 at the height of the economic crisis, the poll said.

Voters are slightly more disapproving of the Republicans in Congress than they are of the Democrats, with just 19 percent approving of Republicans in Congress, compared with 28 percent who approve of their Democratic counterparts, the New York Times reported.

Republican voters are more dissatisfied with their own party representatives than are Democrats. Half of Republican voters say they disapprove of Republicans in Congress, while 43 percent of Democratic voters say they disapprove of Democrats in Congress. Independents are slightly less approving of Congressional Republicans than Congressional
Democrats, the Times said.

In follow-up interviews, partisanship and bickering were given as major reasons for respondents' disapproval of Congress.

When pollsters asked about voters' own representatives in Congress, they expressed generally more positive or supportive views. But current public opinion has changed, with many now saying it's time for someone else to have a chance.

Just 33 percent of voters say their own representative in Congress deserves to be re-elected, and 57 percent say it's time to elect someone else — another record level of dissatisfaction.

Democratic and independent voters are slightly more frustrated with their own representatives, with about 6 in 10 of each saying it's time for a new person. This is not entirely surprising, with Republicans currently in control of the House. But nearly half of Republican voters also say their representative does not deserve re-election.

The latest New York Times/CBS News poll is based on nationwide telephone interviews conducted from September 10-15 with 1,452 adults of whom 1356 are registered to vote.

(Agencies)