April 16, 2014

Public fed up with partisan gridlock, bickering

A poll from the Saint Norbert College survey center shows the public opinion fallout from the government shutdown.

David Wegge is the executive director of the school’s Strategic Research Institute. He says the poll shows people are fed up with the partisan gridlock and bickering in the nation’s capitol and the impact that it’s having on the country. “Eighty percent of the public see things going in the wrong direction; only 17 percent saw things going in the right direction.”

The poll showed President Barack Obama with a 48 percent approval rating and 50 percent disapproval, and only 15 percent of those surveyed like the job Congress is doing while 82 percent disapprove.

Wegge says there is plenty of blame to go around. “We did ask ‘who do you blame most for the partial shutdown of the federal government?’” He says, “Thirty four percent blamed the president and Democrats in Congress, and 42 percent blamed Republicans in Congress.”

The poll, conducted over the past two weeks, has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.

Rick Schuh, WHBY