Susan Page, USA TODAY Washington bureau chief, explains the findings.
Try "alarmed," the option chosen by 42% of those surveyed when asked how they felt when they think about how things are going in Washington today.
David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, says the poll signals "an overall sense that Washington, D.C., is wilting as summer's heat sets in." The fierce congressional debate over whether to overhaul the nation's health care system is driving a sense of turmoil and uncertainty for some.
In the previous USA TODAY/Suffolk poll in March, 62% saw the Russia allegations as a very or somewhat serious issue.
In the past three months, the president's favorable-unfavorable rating has sagged, to 40%-55%.