What drove the debt ceiling debate? Clearly the “Tea Party” had a great deal of influence on the direction this debate took. Statistics in these charts come from the NBC News /Wall Street Journal Poll, the CNN/ORC International Survey, and from a Pew Research Center/Washington Post Survey, and we feel it gives you a vivid picture of where the different political sub groups were at the end of the day on this very volatile issue.

When looking at these numbers, one can clearly understand why the debate took as much time and energy as it did. At the end of the day, the mood of the public toward ALL facets of Congress and the President over this debate was definitely not favorable.