The nonpartisan "No Labels" organization plans to run ads Monday on Washington-area television networks urging lawmakers to stop bickering and to compromise now to avert a default on the national debt.
The ads reflect the growing concern among many Americans that elected officials are putting electoral politics ahead of the national interest. After weeks of impasse, Congress' approval rating is at an all-time low of 6 percent, while 85 percent of polled voters think lawmakers are more interested in their careers than in helping others, according to Rasmussen.
President Obama's approval rating has hit an all-time low also in the Gallup Poll's rolling average of his favorability numbers. Forty percent of Americans said they approve of the way Obama his handling his job.
"Hyper-partisan politics and ideological rigidity have brought us to the brink of financial disaster," No Labels co-founder Dave Walker said in a statement announcing the ads. "The United States of America is now within a few days of defaulting on its obligations. There's no excuse for this. America deserves better from its elected officials."