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
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.

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Jul 19, 2011 5:02 AM CDT
The right won a major turn about last November .... Because the people wanted a change from the left-wingers in charge at the time..... Now it's starting to look like politics as usual and they are not doing what they claimed. Next election will be interesting as hell, unless the republicans stand strong and do NOT give in to the lefties.... Like they promised
Jul 18, 2011 10:11 PM CDT
Mr. "Boner" needs to come down with a bad case of lead poisoning.
Jul 18, 2011 7:31 PM CDT
This is starting more and more to look like it's not about the WELFARE of this country, but about rascism. Why not raise the debt ceiling? History shows Bush, Reagan and many others have done many times. Why push America to a cliff and threaten to push it off, if cuts are not made against the most needy ? History has also shown taxes on the wealthiest have been as high as 70 to 90 percent and the economy grew. So what's the problem, if it's not race? If it's stupidity, they are like brother and sister.