CNN poll: In debt limit debate, Obama has the public on his side

In the standoff over the debt ceiling, President Obama has the American public on his side, according to a CNN poll released Thursday.

In the negotiations, Obama is seen as the more responsible party, with 52 percent saying he has behaved responsibly in the talks on the debt ceiling and 46 percent saying he has not. The public holds the opposite perception of Republicans in Congress, with 63 percent saying that they have not behaved in a responsible manner in these discussions.

Republicans would also bear the brunt of the blame if the debt ceiling is not raised according to the poll, an outcome that worries Americans both nationally and on a personal level.

A plurality of poll respondents — 43 percent — said that not raising the debt ceiling would cause ‘major problems’ for the country. 27 percent felt it would affect their personal finances ‘a great deal’ and 37 percent said it would have at least ‘some’ effect.

According to the poll, a 66 percent majority of Americans favor a deal in which “Congress would raise the debt ceiling while cutting between two trillion and four trillion dollars in government spending over the next ten years and raising taxes on some businesses and higher-income Americans.”

Specifically, more than 70 percent of Americans favor a plan that raises taxes on “those who make more than $250 thousand a year,” businesses that own private jets, oil and gas companies – as well as ending the federal subsidies that those businesses receive.

Spending cuts, however, get minimal support. Just 12 percent say they would support cutting the amount spent on Medicare, and only 22 percent would support cuts to Medicaid. Cutting federal subsidies to farmers or benefits for retired government workers get support from just 31 percent and 30 percent of Americans, respectively. Cutting defense spending would seem to be the most acceptable of the cuts, with 47 percent saying they would favor such a measure.

By contrast, the McConnell plan, which would allow Obama to raise the debt ceiling “several times in the next 18 months while cutting a smaller amount in government spending and not raising taxes at all,” gets minimal support from just 34 percent of the public. The plan gets even less support from Republicans than Democrats, with just 28 percent of Republicans supporting it and 40 percent of Democrats.

But Americans do like the idea of a balanced budget amendment, something that some House Republicans have been pushing. 66 percent favor the idea, while just 33 percent of Americans oppose it. The balanced budget amendment has cross-party support, with a majority of Democrats supporting it as well as a majority of Republicans.

The poll results aren’t as bad as they might look for Republicans, contends one GOP official. (ForAmerica’s Bozell: Republicans who support Gang of Six proposal ‘will walk the plank’)

“Washington may think President Obama is winning the debt ceiling debate but the American people don’t seem so sure. In poll after poll, Americans disapprove of the job President Obama is doing and his failed economic leadership. In state after state, Obama is falling behind to Republican candidates. President Obama is leading America in the wrong direction and the polls confirm that,” the official said.

Gallup currently finds Obama with 43 percent approval rating and 49 percent disapproval, and a Public Policy Polling poll released on Wednesday found him getting a low level of support from independent voters. Nonetheless, Obama continues to beat Republican presidential contenders in most polls, including the Washington Post/ABC poll released on Thursday.

The CNN poll interviewed 1,009 Americans of voting age using landlines and cell phones over the period between July 18 and July 20. The margin of error for the poll is plus or minus three percentage points.

  • steelergirlz

    Obama said, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste”. He is purposely letting this debt circus go on. He is watching the Dems and Reps scramble around, and he loves every minute of it. A narcissist will use anyone or anything to get ahead. He has proposed nothing…that is for his minions to do. He stands back and will not get his hands dirty with the debt crisis. All of this is his intention, because he believes it will get him reelected. Everyone does the dirty work and he reaps the benefits. His low IQ, uneducated voters who continue to believe that their savior exists only to give them free stuff will continue to stupidly back him. I believe they would lick his shoes if he asked them too.

  • votersofny

    Anyone saying yes to this poll; 1) is on welfare or not working and figures they will get more money from the govt or 2) they are working for the govt in a public sector union, like teachers, firemen, cops, politicians or 3) is a die-hard Democrap.

    We should have a fair way of each person paying taxes, like a flat tax or a federal sales tax instead of taking money they way they do now. Just let everyone pay 15% on top of everything they buy and we don’t need IRS or income tax. Just think about how much money would be saved by laying off 10s of thousands of people that work for the IRS not to mention all the other costs by the govt AND businesses.

    It’s a win win. The govt will be getting a lot more money than it does now with all the millionaires’ and business’s loop holes and it will be fair the all, from poor to super rich.

  • RobR

    That’s only because him along with his chips in the MSM have been lying directly to the faces of ” real ” Americans & libs in a campaign blitz for the past two weeks.

    When all is said & done, after the obama hit the fan & after the dust settles the azs clown will be exposed for the pathlogical liar he is.

  • crazywater

    So when asked if you are ok with someone else’s taxes going up people overwhelmingly say “well…yeah”. I’m convinced.

  • tarpon

    ROFLAMO … not worth the paper it’s printed on.

    So why would you continue with this travesty, and lies.