Poll: Americans blame all sides for committee failure

By REUTERS
November 23, 2011 02:51

 
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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.

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