Nearly six in 10 Americans say they back the budget deal reached by the White House and congressional Republicans late last week, and are giving a bit more credit to President Barack Obama than they are to members of Congress from either party.
Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed over the weekend for a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday said they approve of the deal that includes $38.5 billion in spending cuts through the rest of fiscal 2011, while 38 percent said they disapprove.
Looks like most folks, once again, agree with the last minute deal worked out. Looks like most folks, once again, think that, en masse, both sides are bad…
The budget saga was also less favorable to the other members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. Asked separately about congressional Republicans and congressional Democrats, those surveyed had equal assessments — 44 percent said they approved of each party, while 54 percent said they disapproved.
Majorities of those surveyed sided with Democrats on specific issues raised in policy riders attached to the budget bill. On whether the federal government should continue to fund Planned Parenthood, 65 percent were in favor, while 34 percent were opposed. On funding the Environmental Protection Agency, 71 percent expressed approval while 28 percent expressed opposition. And, on funding provisions of Obama’s health care law, 58 percent said the government should continue to do so, while 41 percent said it shouldn’t.
Yes, there is a disconnect here. We have, and this should come as no surprise to anyone who actually pays attention, a fairly poorly informed electorate, which chooses to spend more time arguing about and voting on abstract rhetoric rather than focusing on and voting about, concrete policy.