Poll says public losing patience with Congress

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A recent Pew Research Center poll shows that the American public is losing its patience with the new Congress and thinks that the debate over spending and the deficits has been “generally rude and disrespectful.”

The poll sampled 1,525 adults during the period March 8-14. McClatchy Newspapers reports that big losers so far have been Republicans, who rode a wave of discontent to win control of the House in November.

There’s even bipartisan agreement — 48 percent of Republicans and Democrats have that view, as well as 57 percent of independents. President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday to provide funding to keep the government open until April 8, the sixth such temporary extension in the 6-month-old fiscal year.

Pew surveyed 1,525 adults from March 8-14. The poll’s findings suggest the political losers so far have been Republicans, who rode a wave of voter irritation to win control of the House of Representatives last fall.

After the election, 35 percent said Republicans had a better approach to the deficit, expected to reach a record $1.65 trillion this year. This month, that number has plunged to 21 percent.

People don’t think Obama has better ideas, either — 20 percent found his approach better, down from November’s 24 percent. Total sample margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Read more in The Miami Herald

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