A new poll out suggests no politician has escaped the public's disdain when it comes to the debate over raising the debt ceiling.
Nationwide, 72 percent of respondents describe the recent negotiations in less than flattering terms -- including "ridiculous," disgusting," "stupid" and "frustrating." Just 2 percent had a positive word for the talks, and only 11 percent were neutral. Other choice words: "terrible," disappointing," "childish" and a "joke."
The survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and The Washington Post, conducted July 28-31 among 1,001 adults, found the critical views cross party and ideological lines and are particularly negative among Tea Party Republicans.
The poll says the debate has tarnished the image of both President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, but that the damage "may be greater for the Republicans than the Democrats." As many as 42 percent say their impression of Republicans in Congress has become less favorable, compared with just 30 percent who say the same about Democrats.