Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Debt ceiling poll: Americans united in their disgust with Congress - latimes.com

Debt ceiling poll: Americans united in their disgust with Congress - latimes.com

People may disagree about the value of the pending debt-ceiling compromise, but the one thing that seems to unite just about everyone, regardless of their political leanings, is that the recent negotiations were a low point in the political process, according to a poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and the Washington Post.

While the Washington political world seemed sharply divided in the partisan deadlock of democracy, the rest of the country found unity in seeing the misery. A staggering 72% had nothing but derision in describing the process, using terms such as a "ridiculous," "disgusting," "stupid" and "frustrating." Other frequently used terms included "terrible," "disappointing," "childish" and "a joke," the survey found.


But all was not completely bleak: 2% found something nice to say about the process and 11% said they were neutral despite the wave of media coverage on the issue. Democrats were more likely than Republicans to have a positive view, but it was still just 4%.

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