Republicans may want to check out a poll released by Quinnipiac University today showing that Americans trust President Obama more than congressional Republicans on the economy and agree with the President that deficit reduction must be done in a balanced way – not on the backs of seniors and the middle class. The poll makes it clear that Americans support a comprehensive package to reduce the deficit that includes both spending cuts and revenues, which President Obama and Democrats are fighting for as negotiations continue. Will Republicans walk away from this opportunity to seriously address our nation’s fiscal challenges or will they listen to the American people and work with Democrats on a comprehensive agreement to reduce the deficit and pay our bills?
“…45 percent trust the president more than Republicans on the economy, while 38 percent trust the Republicans more.”
“If there’s no deal to raise the debt ceiling, the poll finds, voters would blame congressional Republicans over the president, 48 percent to 34 percent.”
“Survey participants also would prefer to see two measures that Obama has pushed: tax hikes for the rich and closing loopholes.”
“Sixty-seven percent say an agreement to raise the debt ceiling should include not just spending cuts but tax increases for the rich and corporations, while 25 percent disagree.”