CNN Poll: Americans doubt super committee will meet deadline
November 16th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
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CNN Poll: Americans doubt super committee will meet deadline

Washington (CNN) - Americans are skeptical that a congressional super committee will reach a deficit reduction agreement by next week's deadline, according to a new national survey.

And a CNN/ORC International Poll released Wednesday, one week before the panel's November 23 deadline, also indicates that a plurality of the overall public, as well as crucial independent voters, would blame the Republicans more than the Democrats if no agreement's reached.

Full results (pdf)

Seventy-eight percent of people questioned in the survey say they think it is somewhat or very unlikely the committee will develop a plan to significantly reduce the federal budget deficit by November 23, with just over one in five saying it is likely a majority of the panel's six Democrats and six Republicans will reach an agreement.

The panel is charged with the very tough task of finding at least $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade. Congressional leaders from both parties are trying to bridge the vast ideological divide over how much to raise taxes or cut spending.

Watch: Explain it to me: The 'super committee'

Who would be responsible if the super committee fails to reach agreement over the next week?

The poll indicates that 42% say they would blame the Republicans in Congress, with 32% blaming the Democrats, and another one in five volunteering that they would hold both parties equally responsible.

"This is not the first time a plurality would blame the GOP for congressional inaction," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "In March, 46% said they would hold the Republicans responsible if the government shut down. And in July, 51% said they would blame the GOP more than President Obama if the debt ceiling were not raised."

And what about those all important independent voters, who will be crucial to the outcome of next year's presidential and congressional elections? The survey indicates that by a 40% to 24% margin, independents would blame the Republicans more than the Democrats, with a quarter saying they would blame both parties.

If a majority of the 12-member panel does reach an agreement, Congress has one month, until December 23, to vote on the deal. A failure to pass any agreement will result in $1.2 trillion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts starting in 2013, evenly divided between defense and non-defense spending. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned members of Congress this week that such cuts could cripple the American military establishment.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from November 11-13, with 1,036 adult Americans 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 (8 Responses)
  1. T'sah From Virginia

    ►CNN Poll: Americans doubt super committee will meet deadline◄
    Or is it that the American people are already thinking the committee will fail and are prepared for the results of what would happen if the deadline is NOT met!!! The Republicans in Congress and the Senate think this is just a game and they really don't care because they still get paid. I am tired of reading about "deadlines" and "obstructions" to the point where I laugh at it now!!!

    I will continue to have faith in our President – the ONLY adult in the room – and fight to get him reelected in 2012!!! Yes We Can get things DONE in 2012 after the Democrats take back the HOUSE and remain the majority PLUS SOME in the Senate!!!

    November 16, 2011 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  2. AlaskaPalin

    The republicans will stand on principle- no tax. The democrats after they've 'spin' will cave as usual. in congress as a whole they'll join with republicans to stop the cuts to the pentagon.

    November 16, 2011 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  3. Anon-i-mouse

    I really feel like our government has become incapable of doing anything correctly. The only goals they have are for reelection and self preservation. Money and special interests own our government – not morals and good judgement. Unfortunately, our system is set up to protect the two parties and the incumbants, so getting people in there who give a damn about America is virtually impossible. I have such a dim view of our country's future, it really makes me sad.

    November 16, 2011 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  4. conservativeforAmerica

    We do not need to blame the republicans! You libs controlled both houses for the first two years and you could pass a budget so if you are looking to pass the buck off on someone put it on your shoulders! The republicans have offered 300 billion in new tax revenue but the libs are not willing to cut out some the wasteful spending!

    November 16, 2011 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There need to be some increase in taxes on those that are wealthy (earning over $1 million per year in capital gains and regular income). Also there needs to be some reform/change to the Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid to reduce their costs and associated fraud. It needs to be a balanced approach. I don't understand why these ideologue can't see the bigger picture and work towards the betterment of the country.

    November 16, 2011 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  6. diridi

    Folks, do not vote for any of GOP guys, they say Medicare ban, Social security ban, vets of VA vouchers nonsense, health care repeal, etc, all these nonsense...they do not send their sons and daughters to wars, they send you...you America, I mean You America....God Bless............................

    November 16, 2011 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  7. wgf

    What this poll really says is that most Americans believe that the Republicans do not bargain in good faith on issues that are critical to America's future.

    November 16, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  8. AlaskaPalin

    Reduce welfare by 1/4. Cut the hidden welfare program out of the other programs- health care, social security, education- (we are a welfare state) also cutting those parts of the programs that are duplicates, unnecessary political 'pets' or might have become obsolete. Use of the latest technologies, cutting administration and its cost- all put together will save nearly 1trillion. The republicans are right- there's no need for tax increase. Tax only gives the government more money to spend so by cutting spending (which can be done) we
    eliminate the need for new taxes. Tax is always 'regressive' for those who suffer are not the rich but the unemployed and the middle class.

    November 16, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |