Near-shutdown called 'ridiculous' by many

  • April 12, 2011 - 7:57 PM


Offered a chance to characterize in a single word the budget negotiations in Washington that narrowly averted a government shutdown, the vast majority of Americans in a new poll conducted by the Washington Post and the Pew Research Center had something negative to say.

Fully 69 percent had a negative word in mind about the budget fight; a slender 3 percent had something nice to say.

The question was asked Saturday and Sunday following the deal that sliced about $38 billion from this year's budget. "Ridiculous" topped the list of one-word descriptors, followed by "disgusting" and "messy."

Majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents alike offered negative initial reactions to the negotiations.

The full poll -- conducted Thursday through Sunday -- also evidenced the risk for political leaders on both sides of the aisle. Thirty-seven percent said they place "a lot" of blame with congressional Republicans for the near-shutdown, 33 percent said so of the Democratic leadership, 32 percent of President Obama and 27 percent of representatives affiliated with the Tea Party political movement. Add in at least "some" blame, and majorities found each party culpable.


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