Monday, September 12, 2011

Word Cloud of the Public's Perception of the Debt Ceiling Debate

I spent a fair amount of time talking/writing about the debt debate -- mostly in negative terms.  The fact Congress nearly sent us into default -- and was a leading cause (if not the leading cause) of the recent drop in economic activity -- shows just how incredibly stupid Congress actually is.

Now we have new research from Poling Opinion Strategies indicating the debate was a game changer.  To get a small idea of the research, I've included a word cloud of the description given by various focus group participants to the debate.  The entire research piece (given in power point) is a must read.  In short, Congress really dropped the ball.