71% Disapprove of GOP's Debt Efforts Democrats' approval numbers slightly better at 31% to GOP's 21% By M Cantor, Newser Staff Posted Jul 18, 2011 10:50 AM CDT 131 comments Comments House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, speaks during a news conference with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., left, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, July 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Newser) – Some 71% of Americans disapprove of Congressional Republicans’ handling of the debt crisis, while just 21% support the GOP’s efforts, a CBS News poll finds. Congressional Democrats fare better, but only slightly so: 58% disapprove of their work on the issue; 31% approve. President Obama gets the best poll numbers of all the players, but his 48% disapproval figure remains larger than his approval rating, at 43%. Even within their own party, GOP leaders don’t fare too well: Some 51% of Republicans disapprove of their handling of the talks. Just 32% of Democrats disapprove of their party’s efforts, and 22% disapprove of President Obama’s work. One reason for both parties’ poor showing may be their leaders’ struggle to win concession from their own parties, notes CBS News. Still, most Americans—66%—think a deal will be struck before Aug. 2.