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GOP Losing Public Support On Budget Debate

In New Polling Out This Week, Public Supports Democrats’ Approach More Than Republicans

By Significant Margins, Americans Would Hold GOP Responsible for Gov’t Shutdown

Illustrating Republicans’ Bind, The Vast Majority Of Americans Think Shutdown Would Be A Bad Thing While The Tea Party Roots For Shutdown

Three new polls out this week brought bad news for Republicans on the budget debate. It’s clear the more Americans are learning about the House GOP’s irresponsible budget proposal, the more they oppose it. Meanwhile, support for Democrats’ responsible approach to the budget – making smart cuts that reduce the deficit while protecting our still-fragile economy – continues to grow. And because Republicans have failed to compromise, Americans believe responsibility for a government shutdown would rest squarely on their shoulders.

PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THE GOP APPROACH ON THE BUDGET IS ERODING

·         This week’s Washington Post/ABC poll shows that the public trusts the President over Republicans to handle the budget deficit by a margin of 45-36. This is a major turnaround from December, when the public favored Republicans by a 47-39 margin.

·         A survey released this week by the Pew Research Center asked “Who Has the Better Approach to the Deficit?” and the percentage of respondents picking Republicans dropped 14 points, from 35 to 21 percent.

THE PUBLIC REALIZES THAT THE GOP HAS FAILED TO COMPROMISE WITH DEMOCRATS

·         A Washington Post/ABC poll released this week asked whether the Republican Party has been willing enough to compromise with President Obama on the deficit.  By a margin of 71 percent to 16 percent Americans, believe that Republicans have not been willing enough to compromise.

THE PUBLIC BELIEVES IF A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WERE TO OCCUR, REPUBLICANS WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE

·         A CNN poll released this week showed that 46 percent of the public would blame Republicans in the event of a shutdown while only 37 percent would blame President Obama.

·         The Washington Post/ABC News Poll released this week showed that Americans would blame Republicans for a shut down by a margin of 45-31 – a reversal from last month when blame was evenly split between President Obama and Republicans.

·         While the American people overwhelmingly (59 percent) say that a government shutdown would be a bad thing for the country, the CNN poll released this week found one segment is actually pulling for a shutdown: by a margin of 62-34: those identifying themselves as Tea Party supporters believe a shutdown would be a good thing.

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