Has the 112th Congress -- which is winding down its work for the year -- been one of the worst ever?
According to the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 42 percent agree with that assessment -- the highest percentage on this particular question, which dates back to 1990.
An additional 33 percent say its performance has been below average, and 21 percent say it has been average.
Only 2 percent label it above average, and 1 percent calls it “one of the best” ever.
The NBC/WSJ poll -- which was conducted Dec. 7-11 of 1,000 respondents (including 200 by cell phone), and which has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points -- will be released in full beginning at 6:30 pm ET.