(WBIR) Ahead of this week's and the November election, new numbers sum up the nation's mood in two words – "fed up".

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found more than 70% of Americans think the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Nearly 65% said they are dissatisfied with the U.S. economy. For those on Capitol Hill, it's the seventh straight year Congress' approval level has been below 15%.

"I think Congress right now is not doing anything, except having personal agenda fights," said Flora Simon.

71% of the people polled think our economic problems are because elected officials in Washington cannot get things done.

"Congress really isn't compromising at all," Michael Marohn said.

Pollsters said the discontent comes from the lingering effects of the Great Recession, as well as a loss of faith in the country's politicians.

76% of Americans do not believe their children's lives will be better than their own.

When it comes to education, almost 30% say they have more than $5,000 in student loan debt for either themselves or their children.

"My mother is a single mother and I'm trying to go to college. We're just not as fortunate to pay for a four year university," said Lakea Thomas, an incoming freshman at East Tennessee State University.

57% of those polled said something upsets them enough to carry a protest sign for a day.

We asked people in East Tennessee what their sign would say.

"Kick Congress out of D.C. until they learn how to come together to take care of the needs of all citizens," Simon said.

Marohn added, "Learn to compromise for the people that put you in office."

Maria Brichetto-Markwell resigned as a Knox County teacher about two years ago. She said, "Please elect more teachers to public office."

"More scholarships and grant money for people who can't afford four year universities," Thomas said.

President Barack Obama's approval rating has hit a new low of 40%. However, it is pretty even between if voters prefer a Republican-controlled Congress (44%) versus those wanting Democrats in charge (43%).

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted July 30-Aug. 3 of 1,000 adults. The survey's overall margin of error is plus-minus 3.1 percentage points.