CNN Poll: Neither Democrats or GOP have edge in budget battle
March 28th, 2011
11:42 AM ET
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CNN Poll: Neither Democrats or GOP have edge in budget battle

Washington (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that neither party has an edge as Congress returns to the nation's capital with the clock ticking towards a possible government shutdown in just a week and a half.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday, 46 percent of Americans say they prefer President Barack Obama's approach on budget negotiations, with 45 percent saying they prefer congressional Republicans' approach to the tough choices involved in both cutting programs to reduce the deficit and at the same time maintain needed federal programs.

"The GOP leaders in Congress have a 49 percent to 34 percent advantage among independents, while nearly nine in ten Democrats and Republicans favor their own party's leaders in the budget battle," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Overall, women tend to favor President Obama and men the GOP, but this seems largely due to the fact that women tend to identify with the Democratic party and men tend to identify with the Republicans."

Full results (pdf)

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are still far apart on reaching a deal to fund the government for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year, which ends September 30. And there seems to be little political appetite to pass another temporary two or three week funding extension, as has been the case the past two months. Without any agreement by Friday April 8, funding would expire and some government offices and services would shutdown.

The poll indicates that only a third of the public approves of how the Democratic leaders in Congress are handling their jobs, and the GOP leaders don't fare any better. Sixty-two percent disapprove of the Democratic congressional leadership, with 64 percent feeling the same way about the GOP leaders in Congress.

According to the survey, more than six in ten Americans think that things are going badly in the country today, an increase in the level of pessimism since January, although still below the levels that polls found in the last half of 2010.

"As Congress comes back into session, Americans are in a bad mood about the state of the country and are taking it out on both parties' leaders in Congress," adds Holland.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey was conducted March 18-20, with 1,012 people questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. I love welfare checks

    Aint nothing like free money. God bless america and section 8 welfare is so wonderful

    March 28, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Obamacare = Romneycare v1.01

    The only seriousl solution to this fiscal crisis is to cut spending AND raise taxes.

    Anything else is a waste of time, but neither party has got the guts to go this route.

    March 28, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. rslackde

    Interesting – I was recently thinking about the voice of Americans. I know that political parties and the media constantly say, "all, the entire, the voice of voters" and make it sound like it's everyone. I find myself wondering who they poll, talk to, or contact other than small groups of influence, their party, lobbiest, experts. I've been a voter for 43 years, lived in the same county since 1973 and have never had anyone ask what I thought. Oh, sorry a few exceptions, the politicans who stop by the house to shake our hands the year they are running for office.
    I think that the budget should be balanced based on shared sacrafice. I like the recommendation that the team Obama put together came up with. I do not at all support the fact that we need the biggest military budget in the entire world nor do I think that we need to be the worldwide policemen, other countries could also provide military support. Where is China in the Libya war?

    March 28, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. MAC

    If the Congress cuts out the redundent program it has been determined we would save 200 billion dollars a year, even if it put some civil servant of the payroll.

    March 28, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. al in memphis

    Redistributing wealth, socialist programs, tirckle down economics. etc.– Bottom line is were seeing the effects of greed and lazy at it best, with the middle class footing the bill.
    The company GE pays no taxes and some of wallstreet stockholders get reduce taxes and get to keep more of its wealth.
    So how do we expect more from the middle class and poor when it comes to making up the budget deficeit. I'm old school where you get what you are willing to work for, but its difficult when politics and power control the flow of money.
    The middle class and poor did not put this country in debt.

    BTW - good post sniffit

    March 28, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    a 20 point swing in just 4 months, nice going Republicans.... have another 20 months to go, maybe your approaval will be around 10% (if you are lucky) by then...

    March 28, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. rusty155

    They should go back be for Bush tax cut and make Everyone pay the taxes they were paying at that time. that mean the rich too. Is way we would have money coming In to the Government. All the Republican are doing Is cutting everything from the middle class and the Poor.

    March 28, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. al in memphis

    Four and The Door

    But now that the Republicans are driving much of what comes out of congress and Obama is cooperating with their plans, unemployment is dropping and teh economy is improving. Republicans will have plenty of good things to campaign with next year. Voters like results better than promises and excuses.

    March 28, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
    Obviously you think economic result are instaneous, otherwise you would not giving the republican credit that you did. Maybe next month unemployment will be zero. Take some pride in your comments, make them funny or logical - not just plain stupid.
    I think I like your comments better when they were just honest that you did not like Obama.

    March 28, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. KatR

    35 years ago I had a job in the private sector where the wage was so low I qualified for state assistance for child care for my 2-yr old son. In the debate about the growth of entitlement spending no one is asking the question, "WHY has it grown". Instead of eliminating govt social programs based on the invalid assumption that everyone who draws a govt check is a freeloader Congress needs to do something about wages in the private sector that have remained stagnant for decades. When citizens are entitled to receive govt assistance because the private sector pays slave wages something is very, very wrong. And it's been proven that the minimum wage is NOT the solution.

    March 28, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Ancient Texan

    If taxes "are at the lowest rate in the last 60 years", you obviously not paying the taxes that the States are putting in place to pay for federally mandated cost that are not funded by the wild spending federal government.

    March 28, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Tim

    Politicians are swine. The media are swine food, they let the swine feed off of them. Why don't you do your job and write something about how irresponsible the politicains are?

    March 28, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. DagnyTag

    This is a perfect example why many refrain from watching news on ABC, NBC, CBS, or MSNBC. Even though President Obama is against offshore drilling for our country, he signed an executive order to loan $2 Billion of our taxpayer dollars (which we can't afford to loan since we're broke) to a Brazilian Oil Exploration Company (the 8th largest company in the entire world) to drill for oil off the coast of Brazil! The oil that comes from this operation is for the sole purpose and use of China and NOT THE USA! They also will be able to drill DEEPER than the well BP was drilling.

    Now here's the real clincher...the Chinese government is under contract to purchase all the oil that this field will produce, which is hundreds of millions of barrels"...We have absolutely no gain from this transaction whatsoever!

    Wait, it gets more interesting.

    Guess who is the largest individual stockholder of this Brazilian Oil Company and who would benefit most from this? It is American BILLIONAIRE, George Soros, who was President Obama's most generous financial supporter during his campaign. If you are able to connect the dots and follow the money, you are probably as upset as I am. Not a word of this transaction was broadcast on any of the other news networks! Are they doing their job? Think about it.

    March 28, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans don't have to care about the budget, they're on the Koch Brothers payroll to buy the election.

    March 28, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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