In CNN’s new poll on the debt ceiling we see that more people support the type of proposal being promoted by President Obama, and not the extremist offering from House Republicans. 34% support the GOP’s position of only spending cuts, while an overwhelming 64% support a mix of cuts and tax increases.
52% find the President has acted responsibly, while only 33% say the same of the House GOP — while 63% rightly say the Republicans have not acted responsibly.
If the the ceiling isn’t raised, only 30% say President Obama is responsible, while 51% would blame the GOP.
When they are asked what to cut and who to tax, people say hands off farm subsidies, pensions for government workers, medicaid, medicare, and social security. A thinner majority (52-47) supports defense cuts, while there is huge support (70%+) for ending subsidies to big oil, increasing the tax on private jets, and increasing taxes on those making over $250,000 a year.
This is an almost across-the-board win for the positions Democrats have mostly pushed — but the media and the right keeps acting as if the fringe tea party position has any serious support. It is seriously out of whack.