Once again, the public is getting increasingly disgusted with Washington.
It sees a failure to adopt remedies for even the most basic, pressing issues of the day, as Congress struggles to craft a federal budget. And incumbents are getting worried about the political implications.
"It's hurting some of us," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who's up for re-election next year. "They blame everybody."
A new Pew Research Center poll shows that about half of Americans think the debate over spending and deficits has been "generally rude and disrespectful."
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.
Hey, I know...why don't you try putting people back to work!!!!
And why don't you try protecting the incomes and benefits of people who have jobs!!!
You'd guys would rather lay off public employees, slash government budgets to the bone and cut taxes on corporations who outsource their labor overseas or automate it rather than hire real, breathing, living Americans to do some work.
And of course the Beltway media crowd applaud all this deficit reduction stuff and the corporate media across the country applaud the state cuts.
Gotta love the austerity, right?
Actually, it doesn't seem like a lot of people do, looking at those poll numbers.