A Big Challenge for a 'Broken' Washington

More than 7 out of 10 Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.

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Beyond the economic impact, there's a lot riding on the outcome of the stimulus package in terms of confidence in government. Voters are watching to see if the Washington factions that are usually at war can get together for the common good. More than 7 out of 10 Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and many tell pollsters that Washington is broken because the politicians are too immersed in rancor. If the Washington establishment can't find a speedy compromise, voters could turn against incumbents in the congressional elections this fall and shift toward the presidential candidates billing themselves as "outsiders" who will seek dramatic change. That could be good news for "outsiders" Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.