Poll: 71% shun GOP handling of debt crisis
While the political classes and partisans are chortling and plotting how best to swing the debt debate to their advantage it’s gotten to a dangerous point. The average American who normally doesn’t pay attention to politics is swinging their gaze towards congress, and lids are raising above basilisk stares.
Americans are unimpressed with their political leaders’ handling of the debt ceiling crisis, with a new CBS News poll showing a majority disapprove of all the involved parties’ conduct, but Republicans in Congress fare the worst, with just 21 percent backing their intransigent resistance to raising taxes.
President Obama earned the most generous approval ratings for his handling of the weeks-old negotiations, but still more people said they disapproved (48 percent) than approved (43 percent) of what he has done and said.
CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante reports there was no visible progress over the weekend, despite warnings from debt rating agencies that the nation’s credit rating could drop, even if there is a deal, if government spending isn’t cut.