In a Pew/Washington Post poll, respondents were asked for the single word that best describes their impression of the recent budget negotiations that narrowly averted a partial government shutdown.
“Ridiculous” was the word most commonly given, followed in order by “disgusting,” “frustrating,” “messy” “disappointing,” “stupid” and “bull****.”
From Pew’s summary of the poll:
“Overall, 69% of respondents use negative terms to describe the budget talks, while just 3% use positive words; 16% use neutral words to characterize their impressions of the negotiations. Large majorities of independents (74%), Democrats (69%) and Republicans (65%) offer negative terms to describe the negotiations.”
Now on to negotiations over whether to raise the debt ceiling.