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August 01, 2011

New poll on debt deal: No one looks good, Republicans may have fared worse

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.

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It's time for TERM LIMITS and weed out these jerks that made the USA look like a bunch of kindergarden kids. While we are at it, let them give up their free health care. NOW

Reverend Esposito

I believe that we need to insist that every member of Congress accept at least a slight reduction in their salaries now as part of the solution to the debt caused in part by the excessive costs of government. I furthermore believe that we need legislation that connects lawmakers' salaries at least in part to the g.n.p. of the states they represent. Our nation's founders did not express--in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or in their planning--a position that any elected or appointed public servants, members of the three branches of government, should have salaries and benefits significantly higher than most of their constituency whose taxes produce their income. It seems to me that lawmakers are currently living as an aristocracy of their own creation. There doesn't yet seem be effective external auditing of the steady, disproportionate raises to their salary and benefit packages that members of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government have simply voted for themselves. Nor do they have effective supervision of their professional ethics if they can spend all this time in partisan gridlock, but never mention their own high and unchanged salaries throughout our economic recession, during this debate, and now while they are all on break.

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