> There is broad public consensus that the budget negotiations of recent weeks can be summed up in words such as ridiculous, disgusting, stupid, and frustrating. Nationwide, 72% describe the recent negotiations in negative terms such as these; while very few offer a positive (2%), or even neutral (11%), assessment. Other frequently used terms include terrible, disappointing, childish, and joke.
And if the president's approach was designed to win over independents, the results kind of have to be called a draw, don't they? His numbers from independents are almost identical to those of the TP-affiliated members of congress.
for obama more favorable: 13 less: 38 no change: 46
for TP-affiliated congress more favorable: 13 less: 34 no change: 46
although compared to republicans in congress overall, it's a different story: more favorable: 6 less: 40 no change: 51