- Posted October 14, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Cornfield Polling: Reaction to Debt Ceiling Debate/Government Shutdown
Late Thursday afternoon, after Senate and House Democratic lawmakers had already gone to the White House, members of the Republican House leadership met with President Barack Obama at the People's House.
Reportedly, the GOP offered a deal to the President which would raise the debt ceiling for another six weeks until November 22, without any strings attached.
According to news accounts, the President was not receptive without tying in the recall of civilian employees who had been furloughed and the opening of non-essential agencies closed when a continuing resolution was not passed by both chambers of Congress to fund the government at the start of the new fiscal year on October 1.
However, both the White House and the Republican leadership said the meeting was useful and that talks were ongoing.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reportedly has stated that any rise in the debt ceiling will be dead on arrival in the Senate without an accompanying clean, no strings attached, continuing resolution to end the partial government shutdown.
I set up a survey to answer that question at Cornfield Polling. Here is how those who participated responded. While not everyone completed the survey, one person's responses were recorded although the last two questions were left unanswered.
The survey ran through Sunday, October 13, ending at midnight. The results were hidden during the survey, but are now tabulated and analyzed.
There were 10 questions posed to participants. The answers from respondents varied greatly and were mixed in the results.
Total responses: 99
Full responses: 12
Incomplete responses: 87
Participants in the survey hailed from across the US of A. Here are the locations which are represented in the survey:
Farmersburg, IN | San Antonio, TX | Palm City, FL | Las Vegas, NV
Lima, NY | Modesto, CA | Wentworth, VT | Sullivan, IN
Red Bank, NJ | Little Rock, AR | Galion, OH
The full results of the survey may be viewed by going to: http://fromthecornfield.com/DebtSurvey.pdf
The results indicate that participants are as divided as members in Congress over the issues involved in the debt ceiling debate and about the ongoing closure of non-essential government agencies and services.
As you can see from the results file, the picture which emerged is as cloudy as the political skies above Capitol Hill. The results seem to vindicate Pogo when he said he had met the enemy and it was us. The Michael Jackson song, Man in the Mirror, also seems quite appropriate to the outcome of the survey.
One wonders if our elected officials can come to an agreement before Thursday's midnight deadline to raise the debt ceiling. The participants in this survey were with some questions as far part as one could get.
From the Cornfield, click on the link and see the not-so-pretty picture of division outside of Washington which we see reflected on the news casts of Representatives, Senators and the President in press briefings and soundbytes.