Despite widespread dissatisfaction with the direction of the country, voters had equally harsh opinions about the two parties — and the men leading them.

By Steven Shepard, Politico

Disgruntled and polarized, voters rendered a split decision on Tuesday that left control of Congress still in doubt 12 hours after the polls closed.

Biden sits at a desk signing something with a pen

According to voter surveys, broad swaths of the electorate disapproved of the job Joe Biden is doing as president and described the economy in negative terms.

And while Republicans are still favored to win the House majority and could yet flip the Senate, too, their gains were curtailed — in large part because even dissatisfied voters viewed the Donald Trump-led GOP as an unpalatable option and because of anger over the Supreme Court’s abortion decision this summer.

In the National Election Pool exit poll, conducted by Edison Research, roughly three in four voters described the condition of the U.S. economy as either “poor” or “not so good.” And 73 percent said they were dissatisfied or angry about the way things are going in the country today.

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