Essay on Republican Shutdown And The United States

1152 Words Sep 22nd, 2015 null Page
As we turn the page on 2013, it is already clear that the public’s overwhelming contempt for Congress, driven to new heights by the Republican shutdown and the unprecedented gridlock it spawned in Washington, is likely here to stay as we head into the 2016 midterm elections. Even a bipartisan budget accord—the country’s first since 2009—has not assuaged concerns that the festering partisanship in recent months is a thing of the past. Since the shutdown, nearly nine in ten voters (86%) say things have gotten worse or stayed the same in terms of leaders in Washington working together to solve problems. Voters remain as dubious as ever about Congress, its motives, and its commitment to serving the country. A plurality thinks the budget deal was likely a capitulation on key values rather than a step in the right direction. Political gamesmanship has eroded confidence, as solutions are harder to come by and viewed more skeptically. It is no surprise then that while Congress (as a whole) and the President are familiar scapegoats, voters now extend considerable ire to their own representatives. In fact, Americans have put incumbents on notice, with 47% approving of their own member’s job performance and 44% disapproving (including greater intensity on the negative side).
This month’s data tells us members of both parties have something to be worried about. The rate of continued dissatisfaction, coupled with October’s worst-in-Battleground-history ratings for Republicans, illustrate…

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