Poll shows more support for Obama than for Republicans on the economy, deficits and taxes


The RESULTS of a new Washington Post/ABC News poll are not especially great for President Obama, but they’re much worse for congressional Republicans.

Even Republican respondents in the poll generally are dissappointed with their party’s lawmakers:

There is also growing dissatisfaction among Republicans with the hard-line stance of their congressional representatives: Fifty-eight percent say their leaders are not doing enough to strike a deal, up from 42 percent in March.

While Republicans in Congress have remained united in their opposition to any tax increases, the poll finds GOP majorities favoring some of the specific changes advocated by the president, including higher income tax rates for the wealthiest Americans.


Republicans may also be losing the war of perception about who stands with whom in the debates over the deficit and the economy. A majority view the president as more committed to protecting the interests of the middle class and small businesses, while large majorities see Republicans as defending the economic interests of big corporations and Wall Street financial institutions.

UPDATE:  A CBS poll is NO BETTER for Republicans than the survey cited above:

A CBS News national survey of 810 adults conducted July 15-17 (margin of error plus or minus 4 percent) and released on Monday morning showed that only 43 percent of those polled approved of President Obama’s handling of the debt-ceiling negotiations and only 31 percent approved of what Democrats in Congress have done on the issue. But that amounted to a rousing public cheer compared to the jaw-dropping 71 percent disapproval for Republicans on the issue. Only 21 percent of respondents approved of GOP efforts.

There’s no particular reason that Republicans should care that only 11 percent of Democrats approved of the job they were doing (82 percent disapproved). But those who represent districts that are anything less than rock-solid Republican should worry that only 17 percent of independents approved and that 73 percent disapproved.

UPDATE II: Another commentary on the repugnancy of the Republicans is inherent in the fact that no president in the history of the Gallup Poll has achieved higher approval ratings than Barack Obama while the public is so unhappy with the economy.

The story is HERE.

This helps explain my oft-expressed wonderment at Obama’s defiance of the laws of political gravity.


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