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. vince

    I believe that it time Americans really start understanding what is going on with their government. Things are changing quickly. Decisions are being made in Congress without the full consequenses being understood by the average American.

    I took my disabled fiance to the Doctor today. She has lost her leg because of diabetes. The doctor said "I am worried, it looks like 30% of medicaid and medicare funding may be lost next year" My fiance asked me "Am I going to be able to walk again?" I did not know how to respond.

    Pay attention America.

    August 4, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Meles

    II am from Africa and Democratic Party supporter. I always wander every day when I see Obama as the leader of the nation which I used to know and dream the greatest nation in the world. What is wrong with you people??? The people of this great nation have amazing common sense. But when I see some Americans to have now a new prophet called Barack Hussein Obama, I always ask my self, is this the real America my people have imagined for quiet long time???

    Please America wakeup, Obama is just eloquent. He will lead the nation worse and worse as time goes on.
    He is very articulate but he failed to prove any of his campaign promises. America will never be the same again if Obama stays in power longer. One term is more than enough for him. He is not even competent to lead any African nation let alone the greatest nation in the world.

    Enough for Obama!!!

    August 4, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. oiliscrap

    Term limits for all of them

    August 4, 2011 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  4. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    this just shows the disconnect in America where the president is concerned. More people in the coutnry it seems fault not only Republicans but the Tea Party for the issue with the debt ceiling it appears that these same folks are hesitant to give him credit for being the "adult in the room" when it came to trying to handle this crisis. Another confusing poll I saw was that even though most think the Democrats caved and got little out of this so-called compromise, more Democrats approve of the deal than Republicans and the Tea Party HATES it This is one of the reasons I don't go by polls.

    August 4, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    The real losers of this political Kabuki theater are the American people. It is discouraging to think that this type of political fighting will be the norm in the future. The way Congress conducts business needs to be changed when a minority of law makers can hold the Congress and the country hostage.

    August 4, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. Indy

    The people are the losers. Across the globe people have realized that Republicans are truly out to destroy America and will stop at nothing to take anyone with them. People around the world just witnessed the fact that The Tea Party rules the Republicans and it is far too dangerous to invest in America until the Republican run Tea Party is voted out of office. When you combine the downturn around the whole world and the Republicans out to destroy middle class you get turmoil in the financial markets.

    August 4, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    Th Tea Party won they flexed their muscles and held a knife to the throat of our economy. They and anyone foolish enough to support them shoukld be ashamed of themselves, but not as ashamed as the idiots that did not bother to vote and who lt these cretons control the once proud and effective GOP.

    August 4, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. John

    The Trouble Is the Republican and the Tea Party didn't Compromise at all. To the Republican and the Tea party It was all about there Party and the Pledge they make. Even they all have Swear a OATH ON A BIBLE and they Broke that OATH. But Each Republican and Tea Party Person will tell you they are a Christian , and a Good Christian would never broke something they have Swear on a BIBLE TO. So don't believe a Republican or a Tea Party person that they are a Christian,because they are not. The Only thing The Republican and the Tea Party care about Is Protecting the RICH AND BIG BUSINESS. This Is way the American People will Have to get rid of as many of them as we can In Nov. 2012. Or will will all be sorry Later.

    August 4, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. Frank138

    Agree that no POLITICAL PARTY wins. By avoiding default, the Anerican people do, however .

    August 4, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The GOP powered by tea people got what they wanted which will hurt the country in the short and long term. Without having new and increased revenue, there is no way to cut the debt without hurting those that need the most protection. I guess the tea people don't have compassion; if they do, they don't show it very well.

    August 4, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. Ed

    Another pack of lies from Obama and his party glad to see my 401K down 9% in just one week.

    Thanks for nothing from the spend more of what you don't have party.

    Dow down over 500 poins you have to go back to 2008 to see anything like thisn that's right you were a Senator then bashing Bush as you do today nothing is your fault.

    August 4, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  12. Peter s

    Poll: No one wins in debt ceiling deal ? Jeez!! we didn't know there were some waiting at the finish line with Gold medal on hand!. Just some quick thoughts to make real news!!! how about this from The New York times,
    "Despite years of great progress in treating AIDS, the number of new infections with the virus that causes it has remained stubbornly around 50,000 a year in the United States for a decade, according to new figures released on Wednesday by federal officials." And this one is just more juicer!, " Polygamist Leader Convicted of Sexual Assault ." And finally the real political news "Romney, Bachmann, Santorum sign marriage pledge ."

    August 4, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Americans are just considered "collateral damage" to the GOP/Tea Baggers because President Obama was the target.

    August 4, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  14. realist

    A little teamwork goes a long way! Now that the preverbial can has been kicked down the road; let's see how cooperative the dems and repubs will be when the issue has to be readdressed because they didn't settle it the first time.

    August 4, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  15. WILL WORK 4 FOOD

    I'll be homeless while u keep living it up. I'm pretty sure I lost and u are the winner , Obama

    August 4, 2011 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  16. fernace

    Most people are angry about how much leverage the Tea Party has usurped! Their behavior was attrocious, with all the tantrums, walkouts & namecalling, during the debt ceiling debates ! Who are these people, are they a faction of the Republicans or their own party? If they are the latter, why are they allowed to piggy back on the Republicans? They should have to go through the voting process like every 1 else, but of course then they'd never enjoy the kind of leverage they have now! They are bad for civilized, professional political discourse in this country, Their ideas are radical & not at all "conservative!" Now we have the Super Committee talks to look forward to & I'm sure much of the same tactics will be used by these bullies! They need to be investigated! I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person who finds it strange, that a relatively unknown faction has been allowed to join up with an established party, is controlled by non-political bigwigs & has gained so much power, without 1 question!!

    August 4, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  17. goo6er

    Comparing the President's rating with Congress as a whole is meaningless and misleading. The President is elected by the nation – Congress is elected one district at a time. A Congressman may have a 1% approval rating nationally but win his district heavily (this scenario is closer to reality than you think). I don't know why anyone bothers with the national approval rating of Congress – they couldn't care less what people outside their district think.

    August 4, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    P.S. Iraqis and Afghan people get paid for "collateral damage" and here in the USA Congress gets paid while Americans get, you fill in the blanks. Think about it.

    August 4, 2011 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  19. Beamer

    Isn't that the truth. Especially the American people. Investors know our elected officials aren't taking our debt seriously and are moving to cash and commodities. This is all a lack of faith in our leadership.

    August 4, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  20. Name king

    The war on consumer confidence by the repugs are unconscionable, they keep pushing tax money to big corporations by passing the little man and small businesses chances of even touching the money, as big corporations get the money and add it to their 2.5 trillions theyve got sticked up in other countries. they want the big corporations to invest in this country and they still haven't figured out that this won't happen. First it's too much competition, second even though large corporations don't pay taxes the labor pool is way too high, third they see repugs drastic threatening on consumer confidence is a danger because they don't see how that will create demand. Fourth the administration could relax some of the regulations without giving corporations a free pass to ruin our country, fifth china economy is booming while they see America on a decline, sixth they have to answer to their share holders who wants them first in growing countries to set up root, seventh big corporations are in business to make money they have no obligation to America, and since the repugs have fought and won every tries the dems makes to corral these jugganaughts, they are free to do as they please, where they please, and how they please, and their is nothing any American can do to stop them. So let us put that fairy repug notion of these companies being patriotic and helping out their fellow Americans. let's us take situations in our own
    hand and use government, which is the only entity the American people can depend on, and start modernizing our infrastructures and transportation sector. Let's put America back to work, use us mr president we the people will fight the repugs for the chance to exist.

    August 4, 2011 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  21. mkmpp

    We can all thank the Tea Party for over one trillion in losses on the stock market and for holding the U.S. Economy hostage to their undemocratic posturing and now making all of us question what was already a very tenuous recovery.

    August 4, 2011 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  22. bill

    Amazed at how fast obama and the democrats have destroyed this country.

    August 4, 2011 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  23. mkmpp

    If the Tea Party can truly derail the American economy and point out our political dysfunction, then the world and the investor class is right to downgrade the U.S. Economy's resilience by sending the markets down into the doldrums.

    August 4, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  24. mkmpp

    One can only hope and imagine the the American electorate will punish the entire Republican Party and their inevitable attacks on Social Secuity, Medicare, and the weakest in Amrican society. We've already seen the Ryan plan. What might be next by the party of class warfare.

    August 5, 2011 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  25. vkmo

    This was just horrible and hurt USA at a time when retirement savings are down, home prices are down, unemployme­nt and foreclosur­es are high. NYT/CBS poll shows "Disapproval of Congress rating of 82%" is due to edge-of-a-cliff negotiations by Boehner and Associates. USA Today/Gallup poll also shows by 2-1 Americans' prediction that this hard fought agreement will make economy worse rather than better. Latter poll shows Obama's standing is least bad – 41% for O, 49% again. Boehner and Associates dragged the Congress and the country down with them.

    August 5, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
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