Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll

This poll was conducted for The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center by telephone July 28 to 31, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) of Princeton, NJ.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. If you had to use one single word to describe your impression of the budget negotiations in Washington, what would that one word be? [IF "DON'T KNOW" PROBE ONCE: It can be anything, just the first word that comes to mind...]

          Positive   Neutral   Negative   No opinion
7/31/11       2        11         72         15 
4/10/11       3        16         69         12 

Unweighted word counts (all words mentioned by four or more respondents): 

                                            7/31/11   
Ridiculous                                    66       
Disgust/disgusting/disgusted                  42      
Stupid/stupidity                              36      
Frustrating/frustrated                        26      
Poor/poorly                                   25      
Terrible                                      25      
Disappointing/disappointment/disappointed     24      
Childish                                      23
Joke                                          22
Mess/messy                                    22      
Pathetic                                      17      
Confusing                                     16      
Crazy                                         14
Bad                                           13
Idiot/idiotic                                 12      
Disaster/disastrous                           11
Suck/sucks                                    11
Sad                                           10
Bull/bull***                                   9      
Chaos/chaotic                                  9      
Disgrace/disgraceful                           9
Lousy                                          8           
Outrageous/outrage                             7
Pitiful                                        7
Politics/political                             7      
Scary                                          7
Stink/stinks                                   7
Compromise                                     6
Difficult                                      5
Fair                                           5      
Horrible                                       5      
Juvenile                                       5
Ludicrous                                      5 
Selfish                                        5
Stalemate                                      5
Complicated                                    5
Incapable/incompetent                          5
Screwed/screwed up                             5
Asinine                                        4
Awful                                          4
Concerned                                      4
Futile                                         4
Greed                                          4
Obama                                          4
Sorry                                          4
Stubborn                                       4
Unfair                                         4  

2. As a result of the budget negotiations in Washington over the last several weeks, have you come to have a MORE favorable opinion of [INSERT] a LESS favorable opinion of [INSERT] or hasnít your opinion of [him/them] changed?

7/31/11 Ė Summary table

                                  More        Less         Opinion         No
                                favorable   favorable   hasnít changed   opinion
a. President Barack Obama          18          37             44            2

b. Speaker of the House 
   John Boehner                    11          34             45            9 

c. Democrats in Congress           13          30             53            5

d. Republicans in Congress         11          42             44            4

e. Members of Congress affiliated 
   with the Tea Party movement     11          37             45            6 

***END***

© The Washington Post Company