Posted at: 10/01/2013 5:51 PM
Updated at: 10/01/2013 5:53 PM
By: Katie Eldred
Peace Plaza Reacts to Government Shutdown
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Some of the most recent national polls, released just hours before the shutdown began, show congress' approval rating as low as 10 percent. We conducted her own informal poll Tuesday, and there was no shortage of takers.
We spent the day out on peace plaza with one question..
"What are your thoughts on the government shutdown?"
From that one questions came lots of answers...
"Stupid , stupid, stupid," said one person.
"It's ridiculous," said another person.
It seems congress' inability to agree on a budget and the government shutdown that followed has many unafraid to share their opinions.
"It's utterly ridiculous, you can't operate a business like this so why can the government," said one person.
"They need to sit down and compromise," said a Rochester woman.
"I think it's crazy that they can't come up with a solution, they are the government and that's their job," said another person.
While many pointed fingers at each side, the vast majority of people agreed that all are partially to blame.
"I think it's irresponsible on behalf of both parties and both houses of congress," said one person.
There were those that supported the shutdown.
"The shutdown is the best thing that has happened, that way they can't spend our money," said one person.
Others thoughts were simply with the federal workers that are most affected.
Congresses behavior has many thinking about what the government "of the people, by the people and for the people" can do about it.
"How anyone could vote for these people, I don't know," said one person.
"Just like the Minnesota shutdown a few years ago, there were a few senators that did not get my vote," said another person.
Overall it seems many are just hoping their government will start acting its age.
"They are acting like 6 year olds," said one man.
"I wish the children could play in the sandbox together," said another man.
"They are acting like babies and there's plenty of blame to go around, this is not what we are paying them for," said a Florida woman.
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