Poll: No one wins in debt ceiling deal
August 4th, 2011
08:47 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: No one wins in debt ceiling deal

(CNN) – No one has emerged spotless from the debt-ceiling debate, according to a survey conducted in the aftermath of the agreement to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

A CBS News/New York Times poll released Thursday revealed that eight in 10 Americans say they disapprove of how Congress is handling its job – the highest number in the poll's history since 1977.

A CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday echoes the nation's displeasure with congressional leaders. Eighty-four percent of the nation disapproved of the way Congress is handling its job in the poll; only 14 percent approved.

But the country is split over how the president is handling his responsibilities in the White House. Forty-eight percent said they approve of how President Barack Obama is handling his job and 47 percent disapprove in the CBS News/New York Times survey.

When it comes to the debt-ceiling negotiations, 66 percent said they disapprove of how Democrats handled the talks and more – 72 percent – said they disapprove of the way Republicans negotiated to broker the deal.

The nation may be split over how it views the president's role in debt negotiations – almost half both approve and disapprove of how he handled the talks – but it's clear most agree that all of the players were more interested in gaining an upper hand.

Eight in 10 believe the debt disagreement was mostly about gaining political advantage while a minority – 14 percent – say it was about doing what's best for the country.

While no one walked away from the debt debate unscathed, opinions of the GOP took a slightly bigger hit. Half say Republicans in Congress compromised "too little" during negotiations, compared with Democrats: roughly one-third say they compromised the right amount or too little and 26 percent say they compromised too much.

Republicans are also more to blame for the budget standoff in the survey – 47 to 29 percent – over the president and Democrats in Congress.

The poll indicates that it's difficult for everyone to be pleased with the debt-ceiling deal. The country is split with the outcome since 46 percent approve of the agreement and 45 percent disapprove.

Looking to the future, congressional members may be spending some time at home smoothing ruffled feathers: 75 percent of the country feels that most members of Congress do not deserve to be re-elected and 15 percent say they do.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • President Obama
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    With 435 Representatives in Congress, and 100 Senators, plus a President, that's a total of 536 electable people running the US government. Next year, the offices of 469 of those people, 88 percent of them, are up for election. This would be an excellent time to replace 88 percent of the Collection of Clowns presently screwing up the country.

    August 5, 2011 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  2. E.J.Mohammed

    No one wins! The American people lose big time.Jobs are dwindling, the market is tumbling and the Politicians continue to lay these heavy burdens on the middle class. I don't get it where is the change Mr. President!!!

    August 5, 2011 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  3. Russell Brown

    wealth from get -rich quick schemes quickly disppear
    wealth from hard work grows over time
    a person with good sense is respected
    a treacherous person is headed for destruction.

    August 5, 2011 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  4. Whoosh

    2012 will be another defining moment for America. Shockingly, as it was in 2008, it will be President Obama. The very same people that said he didn't have a chance in 2008 are saying he doesn't have a chance in 2012....just sayin'

    August 5, 2011 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  5. Mark McKee

    The President, the Dems, the Repubs,.....the voters...no one comes out of this unscathed...except...wait for it...wait for it.......RALPH NADER!!!! You remember? the kook? the ego maniac....the guy Bill Maher & Fatso got on their kness and begged not to run. And look at you now. The majority of posts from both sides seem to indicate that you all now would like to have someone like Nader to stand up to these clowns. Of course you always do that, between elections, get all angry because your life is being ruined for no apparent reason other than the greed of the treasonous traitors who simultaneously control and despise America. But as election time grows near you'll all grow frightened and...yet again..unbelievably...the minority of you who aren't too lazy to vote will once again, go behind a private curtain, with all your rights and freedoms, and act like cowardly Americans, re-electing the same incumbent Elephants & Donkeys. They'll do something even worse 4 years from now, and you'll be angry again, and the media will be reporting how you're getting fed up. Predictable, boring, Americans. Home of the brave huh? whatever man...whatever.

    August 5, 2011 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  6. Marie MD

    If the teabaggers don't take a HUGE HIT on this one I don't know what else is going to open up the eyes of the fools who think they have their best interest at heart.
    Blackmail and hostage taking is a federal crime if an individual commits the crime. These teatards should be held to the same laws as any citizen. Then again, the old farts on the sotu will probably give them a pass just like they do corporations.
    BTW – who gave romneycare the $1M? A corporation, a church, himself? Let's try reporting on that cnn.

    August 5, 2011 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  7. sick of republican phonies

    Although the poor ratings are fairly close for both parties, I think the difference between the disapproval ratings between them is this: people disapprove of the dems because they got NOTHING- no restoration of the Bush tax cuts, no cutting of any tax loopholes- even AFTER polls showed the public were solidly behind both cuts AND revenue- raising measures. The disapproval of the GOP is much deeper; they held the nation hostage to save the wealthy from paying any more, they behaved like idiots, and this is not what the imbeciles that voted them in wanted. Maybe some of the tea baggers that make less than $250,000 a year will have 2nd thoughts about supporting Dick Armey's lobbyists for the rich and corporate (well, I said SOME- they're probably aren't enough intelligent tea baggers to think independently). I think voters (at least the ones that can think) are going to remember this in November 2012. The lying repubs strike again; hopefully they will pay for their arrogance.

    August 5, 2011 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  8. P.G

    How far will you go to destroy confidence in the US economy just to win in 2012? Term Limits!

    August 5, 2011 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  9. Abigail

    This past month has been bookmarked in my memory as a failure in the American government. There is no way I would post a vote for any incumbent member of the present legislators in our government, including the President, and I hope that all voters will take the time to heavily research this.

    What is wrong with America is not rocket science. It is heavily invested government, whether private or corporate that has not wanted to change tax laws to include those that are off-shoring the American job market, gaining personal or corporate profit from that and being able to skirt around it.

    For any company that off-shores what would be American employment (i.e., spending, investment, real estate, taxes), has been paying other countries to do those jobs and yet they are able to legally renaig on payment of higher taxes for removing our gain.

    Revolt(ing) is mild for my opinion.

    August 5, 2011 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    [Poll: No one wins in debt ceiling deal]
    Oh Hell – Yes, Someone Did – it's BOEHNER, the Man of Steel!!!!
    He even SMIRKED when he stood in front of the cameras while he revealed...
    He got 98% of what he wanted and he's excited about what he feels!!!

    August 5, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  11. FM

    Am wondering whether there was ever any competition! What I know it was about compromising and agree on something constructive and good for the country/people. Putting everything on competition is ill-thinking and good for nothing or rather anyone!

    August 5, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
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