Poll: Public Wants Debt Compromise

GOP losing ground in battle for public opinion
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2011 3:20 AM CDT
Updated Jul 20, 2011 3:51 AM CDT
More than 75% of those polled considered Republican leaders too unwilling to compromise.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – As talks drag on, public opinion is shifting in favor of lifting the debt ceiling and against politicians who refuse to budge, according to two new polls. Some 38% of Americans now favor lifting the debt ceiling, a 10-point jump from a month ago, as opposed to 31% against, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll. Almost 60% support President Obama's $4 trillion deficit-reduction plan.

Americans aren't impressed with either party's handling of the situation, but Republicans are coming off worse, according to a Washington Post poll. Almost 60% of those polled say President Obama—whose approval ratings are close to career lows—isn't doing enough to compromise, but more than 75% feel the same way about the GOP's leadership. A majority see the president as more committed than Republicans to defending the interests of the middle class and small businesses.

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