October 18, 2013
Americans Felt Betrayed by the Shutdown

Could Americans really get any angrier at Washington? Even before the recent government shutdown, congressional approval hovered around 10 percent, a minority thought the country was on the right track, and a “throw the bums out” mentality was rampant. Railing against the toxic mess in D.C. has been a winning strategy for politicians from Barack Obama on down for years now.
And yet average Americans say the shutdown was something new. It seeded a different, raw sense of betrayal by politicians; it left them feeling freshly disillusioned, perhaps permanently so.
“Before, I took a lot for granted. I assumed it could never come to this,” said Cathy, a 53-year-old nurse with three children. “Now, I can’t say that with any reassurance whatsoever …. It’s scary.”
Read more. [Image: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

Americans Felt Betrayed by the Shutdown

Could Americans really get any angrier at Washington? Even before the recent government shutdown, congressional approval hovered around 10 percent, a minority thought the country was on the right track, and a “throw the bums out” mentality was rampant. Railing against the toxic mess in D.C. has been a winning strategy for politicians from Barack Obama on down for years now.

And yet average Americans say the shutdown was something new. It seeded a different, raw sense of betrayal by politicians; it left them feeling freshly disillusioned, perhaps permanently so.

“Before, I took a lot for granted. I assumed it could never come to this,” said Cathy, a 53-year-old nurse with three children. “Now, I can’t say that with any reassurance whatsoever …. It’s scary.”

Read more. [Image: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]

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