As Independence Day approaches, most Americans think the Founding Fathers would have had a sad celebration this year.
A Fox News poll asks voters what the Founding Fathers would think of Washington these days: Fully 82 percent think they would be unhappy with how things are going there.
That includes 96 percent of those who identify with the Tea Party movement, 95 percent of Republicans, 88 percent of independents and 68 percent of Democrats.
Democrats (23 percent) are about six times as likely as Republicans (4 percent) to think the Founding Fathers would be pleased.
Meanwhile, more than three-quarters of voters (77 percent) believe the United States would be a better country if we followed the ideas of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution more closely.
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.
And 71 percent of voters think the government in Washington has too much power.
Few -- just 15 percent -- approve of the job Congress is doing. Seventy-seven percent disapprove.
And President Obama’s job ratings are in negative territory: 43 percent of voters approve, while over half -- 51 percent -- disapprove.
The ratings get worse when voters consider the president’s performance on specific issues. For example, voters give Obama negative ratings on his handling of the federal deficit by a 31 percentage-point margin, on the economy he’s down by a 20-point margin and on health care his margin is negative by 14 points.
The Fox News poll is based on landline and cell phone interviews with 1,012 randomly chosen registered voters nationwide and was conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R) from June 22 to June 24. The full poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.