Debt Ceiling DebateSeptember 12, 2011
The debt ceiling debate over the summer appears to have hurt both parties. The favorable/unfavorable rating of congressional Republicans has moved from 45/42 in January of 2011 to 45/46 in April to 40/50 today. Congressional Democrats moved from 45/46 in January to 47/45 in April to 42/48 today.
Independents, who had rated congressional Republicans significantly better than congressional Democrats in January, now rate both parties equally poorly. Among Independent voters, the favorable/unfavorable rating of congressional Republicans has moved from 44/40 in January to 43/47 in April to 36/49 today. Independents rated congressional Democrats 31/56 in January, 39/50 in April, and 35/51 today.
Read the full report:Voters See No End In Sight To Economic Decline; Debt Ceiling Debate Galvanizes Opinions Of President Obama’s Job Performance