Frustration over debt negotiations a forecast for 2012?
July 19th, 2011
08:47 PM ET
11 years ago

Frustration over debt negotiations a forecast for 2012?

Washington(CNN)-Should lawmakers be concerned about repercussions from action taken during the debt-ceiling debate reverberating to 2012? Two new polls indicate Americans are already thinking that far ahead.

According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday, eight in 10 are either “dissatisfied or “angry” about the way federal government is working, the highest number since the 1990s. The frustration comes at a time when negotiations to raise the amount of money that the nation can borrow constantly stop and start and the heels of negotiators dig in.

And 63 percent say they’re inclined to look around when the time comes to elect new representatives in November 2012.

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll revealed that Republicans looking for presidential alternatives still prefer former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Thirty percent say they’d choose the former businessman - who also sought the GOP nomination in 2008 - if the Republican primary contest were held today. Former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann bounced to second place.

But even Republicans are holding representatives of their own party accountable for the debt-ceiling-deal stalwart. Almost six in 10 say the GOP is too resistant to a deal.

When it comes to the president’s leadership, 60 percent give Obama negative marks on how he’s handling the deficit and 57 percent disapprove of his treatment of the economy. If voters choose to look for Republican alternatives, the Washington Post/ABC News poll reflected a new top three for the GOP.

The Washington Post/ABC News poll ranked Romney and Bachmann at the top of the GOP field with Bachmann rising 13 percentage points from one month ago. Absent from the poll is former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Still publicly mulling over a presidential bid, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee has not yet announced her 2012 intentions. But in a recent Quinnipiac University poll, Palin closely trailed Bachmann.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry took over the slot for third with 11 percent support, but he hasn’t announced a bid to seek the presidency either. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich received 8 percent support, businessman Herman Cain 5 percent, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum 3 percent. Former governors Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Jon Huntsman of Utah are tied at 2 percent support in the poll.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted among 1,000 adults by telephone from July 14-17. It has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

The Washington Post/ABC News poll was conducted by telephone July 14-17, 2011, among 1,001 adults. It has a sampling error of 3.5 percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 • Debt • Deficit • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    It certainly has had an effect on me. I won't take a single GOBP candidate seriously unless and until he or she repudiates (a) the fear, hate and bigotry within the party and (b) the failed cult of corporatism and the worship of failed policies like deregulation and tax cuts. I also will not take seriously any GOBP candidate who does not clearly and specifically call on corporations and the filthy rich to share in the sacrifices the rest of us are asked to make.

    July 19, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    "But even Republicans are holding representatives of their own party accountable for the debt-ceiling-deal stalwart. Almost six in 10 say the GOP is too resistant to a deal."

    This just cannot be true. The House "leaders" have told us, ad nauseum, they are conductimg business that is the "will of the people"!

    How could 60% of their own party members decry their actions, as they earn the "Party of NO'" mantle, they are after all, just tea bagging "freshmen"?

    July 19, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Your poll is wrong. Republican leaders tell us everyday what Americans want. Americans want what Republicans want, but they just don't know it yet. So Republicans are going to do what they want for us because they know what "most Americans" want.

    July 19, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Hey boner and little tantrum boy cantor, 71% of the real Americans polled don't like what you are doing to the little guy. We have a short memory but when grandma stops getting those checks or dies because she can't afford the money you want her to come up with when you destroy that other "entitlement" Medicare you will see the results in 2012.
    You might not like the man who we Americans elected as our President but you are going to like 2012 even less!
    Too bad that you will leave politics with a nice BIG pension and great insurance coverage while the rest of the country keeps getting screwed by the likes of the rethugs who are blackmailing us at present.

    July 19, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    Wake up GOP/Tea Party zealots! The blame for any economic disaster will fall on you. Even Conservative Establishment types like David Brooks of the NY Times say you are making a mistake by not compromising..

    July 19, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. Larry L

    It's interesting to conduct your own poll... When I ask Republicans if they thought it was possible to fix the recession's problems in less than a few years the vast majority replied "no". Yet they blame President Obama for not "fixing" it immediately. When you ask if the stimulus packages (both Bush & Obama) helped prevent a complete implosion of our economy they generally agree that it helped. Yet they blame Obama for the deficit. When you ask for a list of Republican ideas you get nothing but Fox News generalities. Nothing specific. When you ask Republicans if the want smaller government they all give a resounding "hell yes!" When you ask what benefits (that they receive) they'd be willing to sacrifice you draw a blank – with them only willing to give up the services everybody requires. This work for every aspect of the Republican platform. They are like a movie set from an old western – no depth. They nothing behind them but greed and bigotry.

    July 19, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It would be nice if everyone really focused on the need to raise the debt ceiling or even removed it. We all understand the need to deal with the amount this country owes, but we'll have a harder time with the country going into default if the debt ceiling isn't raised. It would be a real shame if the GOP 2012 hopefuls were using this to campaign on rather than actually doing something about it like making their own plan clear other than the same old cutting taxes line. We've seen that before with no clear proof that it works 100% of the time.

    July 19, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  8. Hot Dog

    Since both parties are the cause for our financial dilemma the Republicans are hell bent on working with this President on solving this issue. There is not democratic or republican ideaology that will solve this problem. No one is saying any thing about the billions of dollars that these wars are causing us daily or the pharmaceutical bill that was passed during the previous administration that have significant impact on the current national debt. There is an all out effort by a lot of evil politicians that do not have the best interest of this country at heart simply because we have a BLACK President.

    July 19, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  9. roscoe

    If I were in congress, I'd make sure that the USA doesn't default on our commitments. If you're in office and you let this happen, don't bother running for office again. You've already shown that you love politics and party more than the country.

    July 19, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. Ron

    Nah. Keep your eyes on WI if you want to see what will happen in 2012. Maybe, if we default things will get bad enough for the Pres to declare martial law and put a few "enemies of the state" behind bars for awhile. LOL

    July 19, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  11. Bill in Florida

    Hey America! If you're dissatisfied with governmental gridlock, here's the solution: reelect President Obama, retain Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader, and return Nancy Pelosi to House Leader. You'll be amazed at how much work gets done then.

    July 19, 2011 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  12. Debbie

    Frustration over debt negotiations a forecast for 2012 and every other issue in Congress. Zero on negotiations and all for the party vs the people. It's not rocket science so it must all be about who lines their pockets.

    July 19, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  13. Vader

    This whole fiasco definitely angers me, and I will remember in 2012.

    Debt ceiling and deficit reduction are 2 different issues, and the linkage by the Republicans, given the exposure and consequences near term of NOT raising the ceiling (which simply pays for PAST commitments ALREADY MADE BY DEMS AND REPUBS ALIKE) now, and working through the entire "reduce spending and (to use political-speak) "enhance revenue" as necessary" to cut future deficits and balance (nay I say 'generate a surplus') the upcoming budget for 2012 and future years should not be tied together, as one demands immediate action, and the other is a longer term, systemic problem the MUST be addressed, but not at the cost of the US credit rating and the economic consequences that are easily foreseeable should default occur.

    Intractability on both sides of the aisle will not be rewarded, except by the far Right and Left constituencies. The middle ground Independents (like me) are the ones who actually decide elections, and both extremes are getting our attention with the childish and foolish way they are behaving.

    July 19, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. Squigman

    Polls shown on some news casts indicate the majority of the people would appreciate compromise from both sides, yet the republican ran congress seems to be hell bent on their way, or no way. Wait till 2012. Maybe there's a chance for you and your republican thugs to experience unemployment first hand, and not just through sheets of paper with statistics sprawled on the page. Hope the people have enough gumption to get out and vote. If they do, bye bye..

    July 19, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  15. normajean

    I don't know how these politicians sleep at night...Every time we turn around, the little people are getting screwed. I'm 86 years old....My savings are mostly gone, some of my S.S. goes to Medicare and I fight to be careful with what I have......THEN...I just heard today that my S.S. {which I started paying into at 13} is going to be cut. I hope plans have been made to pick up the dead bodies of old people that starve to death. YOU THINK I'M KIDDINGG?....It happens!!!!!

    July 19, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  16. Sgt Schultz

    Stop trying to reinvent the wheel. Just go back to what worked last time in the 90's when Clinton cut defense and made the wealthy pay a mere 3% more in taxes. Gee we had a surplus and the best job growth in the last century – who would of thought the Facts Matter when you get all your info from Fox News thugs.

    July 19, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  17. Patrick from Minnesota

    The longer Boehner and his corhorts keep this crap going in the Opera house of representatives, Pelosi will have that gavel back in 2012!!

    July 19, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  18. Texas Doc

    Dems are going to smoke the GOP. They got elected only to remind us why we hate them.

    July 19, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  19. Bob

    How can this be true? According to Republicans, they are doing exactly want the "American People" want them to do. Who is going to trust an opinion poll instead of John Boehner?

    July 20, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  20. A Kickin` Donkey

    Both parties ARE NOT equally at fault.

    My fellow citizens, until we demand accuracy, fairness and accountability from Congress.

    You have to stop saying both parties are to blame. Pick the biggest offender and vote them out. That`s the only way we will get adult behavior from them.

    July 20, 2011 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  21. Aaron

    I can understand people picking Romney. At least, he's mostly sane. But Bachmann? The woman is a nut case. She's not overly intelligent, her family business offers gay conversion theraphy, she hates Medicaid but readily accepts Medicaid payments, she screamed that 2 women asking her questions were trying to kidnap her, she refuses to answer any questions except from Fox News, and who knows what else will pop up about the lunatic.

    July 20, 2011 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  22. Metropl

    I like it. Create a new government through a change of the guard.

    July 20, 2011 03:46 am at 3:46 am |
  23. Eric

    Republicans could lose 100 seats this turn. In 2010, boomers took to the polls demanding jobs; the republican congress demanded austerity over a tax increase on the rich (or in GOP talking point 'job-creators'). Seniors are the GOP's largest voting block.

    In 1993 the budget hole was dealt with be a Democratic House and Senate, which took the blame for 'raising taxes' by a large incoming Republican majority lead by Gingrich.

    July 20, 2011 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  24. mary

    You bet it's a forcast for how things are going to go in 2012. I'm looking for another democrat to throw his hat into the ring. Having always been a die-hard Obama supporter I can guarentee you if he agrees to cut from the big 3 entitlement programs there are millions of us out there without given another Democratic choice will be no-shows at the polls. No-Shows because there are millions of us who would rather loose and arm than vote republican.. The answer to this debt delima is simple–Raise taxes on the rich and end the wars and you get BILLIONS and BILLIONS!–period! end of discussion!

    July 20, 2011 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  25. jean

    get rid of the Teaparty!! Cantor,and all these "so-Called Freshman in Jr.High School. They are actualy "Smiling and Giggles" over Americas Destruction. They are "Separatist" call our President "Your President" Traitors,liers,and theives who are border line "Treason"?????? America needs to rid of "Them" in 2012!!!!!!

    July 20, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am |