Americans Say They Are Dissatisfied With Washington A recent poll shows Americans are dissatisfied with lawmakers in Washington, D.C. If the supercommittee fails to agree on a way to reduce the federal deficit, the negative feelings toward Washington could escalate.
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Americans Say They Are Dissatisfied With Washington

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Americans Say They Are Dissatisfied With Washington

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A recent poll shows Americans are dissatisfied with lawmakers in Washington, D.C. If the supercommittee fails to agree on a way to reduce the federal deficit, the negative feelings toward Washington could escalate.

DAVID GREENE, Host:

Good morning, Cokie.

COKIE ROBERTS: Hi, David.

GREENE: So Congress is already pretty unpopular and David Welna just said the success of the supercommittee is looking increasingly elusive. What happens if they fail to act? Do they get even less popular?

ROBERTS: And other institutions are also suffering no confidence votes - business, banks, the media - and I think that's what we're seeing reflected in these demonstrations that started on Wall Street and now seem to be picking up around the country.

GREENE: Yeah, these demonstrations are something to see. I mean there have been hundreds of people in New York the last couple weeks. I mean they've been stopping traffic, they've ? and people are beginning to imitate them around the country. I mean, is this sort of part of a movement or is it just, you know, a few hundred people getting the word on social media sites?

ROBERTS: Now, some of this is completely normal. He's in office. But he needs these folks. He has to get their enthusiasm and he can't just run saying, you know, vote for me because you don't like the Republican, which seems to be the current strategy.

GREENE: Well, and obviously the Republican Party hasn't coalesced around anyone, but there was some campaign fodder this weekend, a new controversy involving Texas Governor Rick Perry and his hunting days in Texas, the hunting land his family leased for many years. I mean what is this and is it going to have traction?

ROBERTS: So it's just keeping Perry on the defensive. And you know, this is the problem of the national versus the Texas spotlight and how he plays on national stage. Meanwhile the Republicans still seem to be searching for another candidate. There are reports that Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey could decide this week whether to get in or not.

GREENE: Well, and he keeps denying it, but let me ask the question this way. If he were to get in, I mean does it matter at this point?

ROBERTS: It's also not clear whether voters want a candidate like that this election or somebody who's calming things down and being the grownup, and that's what we'll see as the election plays out.

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