WASHINGTON - Americans blame the failure of the US congressional debt "super committee" on Republican and Democratic lawmakers and President Barack Obama, although more than a third said it lowered their opinion of the president, according to Reuters/Ipsos poll results on Tuesday.
Eighteen percent blamed Republican lawmakers most for the committee's failure to reach agreement on a plan to reduce the US budget deficit and 13 percent blamed the Democratic president most.
Only 7 percent primarily blamed Democratic lawmakers, according to the poll, conducted on Monday and Tuesday.
A 12-member congressional "super committee" abandoned its high-profile effort to address the US debt crisis on Monday, cementing perceptions that Republicans and Democrats are too divided to tackle the country's biggest problems.
Nineteen percent of Americans blamed a combination of Democratic and Republican lawmakers and 22 percent blamed a mix of lawmakers from both parties and Obama, despite the two political parties' best efforts to blame each other for the impasse.