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Americans see debt deal as bad for nation, poll finds

Aug 8, 2011 9:39:00 PM - thestate.com
It's not just the stock markets. The marketplace of public opinion also is turning thumbs down on the debt-ceiling deal, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll.

The poll found that Americans think the deal is bad for the country, bad for members of Congress who voted for it and bad for the poor, the middle class and the elderly. Americans think that the only ones whom the deal treated fairly were the wealthy and corporations.

That decidedly negative reaction comes at the same time that the American mood has sunk to its lowest point in more than decade.

“They're negative on the debt deal, negative on the outcome, negative on the process,” said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in New York, which conducted the survey.

The poll was conducted immediately after the debt deal was reached among President Obama, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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