Feds Can't Fix Economy: Poll
New survey shows many of us agree with S&P
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2011 10:58 AM CDT
In this July 23, 2011 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

(Newser) – Another day, another poll about how much we hate Congress. This latest poll shows, in particular, that just one in four of us believes the federal government can fix the economy. That's down 21 points from October, notes the Washington Post. And a whopping 71% of respondents believe S&P was right to take the United States' policymaking process to task when it downgraded our credit rating—although only 52% believe the downgrade was fair.

More than 70% of Americans believe the federal government is "mostly focused on the wrong things," but the majority of Republicans blame the Democrats for that problem, and vice versa. Among independents, 43% blame both sides. A full 78% aren't happy with the political system. Even so, 77% agree that "whatever its faults, the United States still has the best system of government in the world."

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JimBozarth
Aug 12, 2011 8:19 PM CDT
Jimmy Hoffa Stood for Unions and the Middle Class Good Wages Health Care and Retirement Policy Better Than the 401K...The Republican had the CIA take Care of him. Now we have Grover Norquest who hates Unions and Own's The Pillow Humping Republican Party they Don't have the Guts to take Grover Down... CIA hmmm
saucier111
Aug 11, 2011 1:29 PM CDT
The problem with our economy is the rich and incorporatoions are sitting on all the money,with out taxes it just don't trickle down. If we close loop holes and increase taxes on the rich it would jump start the economy, if not they just invest it in the stock markets or what ever their insiders tell them to do. While incorporations buy up all their competition and then out source the jobs. So by not taxing these giants it actually cost Americans jobs. The so called free trade agreements are not free or fair to America, we need to start tarriffs where need be, to keep it balanced. I personally don't want to compete with 15 cents and hour jobs with no benifits and 12 hour work days. The GOP are leading us into the new world order. but I want to stay in America.
truefreedom
Aug 11, 2011 12:52 PM CDT
We only have the best system of government when our federal government follows the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. So far we have NOT followed either of them and that's why the world loathes and fear the US. I'm with the 43% that blame both parties for this mess, none of them has been public servants since WW2.