Debt ceiling PR - Who's ahead?
July 18th, 2011
12:12 PM ET

Debt ceiling PR - Who's ahead?

When it comes to the debt ceiling debate, it looks like President Obama is winning the PR game over members of Congress - though it could be a hollow victory.

In a new poll, CBS asked how each is handling the negotiations: 48 percent gave Obama a thumbs down while 71 percent disapprove of what Congressional Republicans have done. Fifty-eight percent also disapprove of how Congressional Democrats have acted.

The takeaway: No one appears to be benefiting from these drawn out negotiations.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser has more of the details:

Washington (CNN) – A plurality of Americans disapprove of how President Barack Obama is handling debt ceiling negotiations, but Congress fares much worse, according to a new national survey.

A CBS News Poll released Monday morning indicates that 48 percent of the public gives the president a thumbs down on how he's handling talks with federal lawmakers on raising the nation's debt limit, with 43 percent saying they approve of how Obama's handling negotiations.

But only 31 percent of people questioned say they approve of how Democrats in Congress are dealing with the talks, with 58 percent saying they disapprove. And by a 71 to 21 percent margin, the public disapproves of how Republicans in Congress are handling the negotiations.


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  1. California Conservative

    Continued massive spending will only result in a complete lack of control of the situation.

    We control it or it controls itself. It's up to us.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  2. Sandy

    Republicans voted to raise the debt limit 7 times under Bush with NO STRING ATTACHED! Republicans all voted for the Ryan plan, which adds $6 TRILLION to the debt and RAISES THE DEBT CEILING to balance the budget. So the only reason they won't raise the debt ceiling without strings attached is because Obama is the President requesting it. I was watching and interview with one of the tea party members in the house and although he voted 3 times previously to raise the debt limit, he won't do it for Obama, even though he already voted for the Ryan plan which increases our debt and raises the debt ceiling. There's all the proof that I need that they are only doing this because they hate Obama and want to score political points, nothing more.

    Oh and since Republicans insisted that cuts be attached to the raising of the debt ceiling, now Obama is insisting that revenue be attached as well, but now they want a clean raising of the ceiling because revenue has to be attached otherwise and Obama is saying no way, you wanted to attach it to something, so let's attach it to revenue. The Republicans can't vote for that because they signed that stupid pledge, that doesn't allow them to compromise at all. Doesn't signing a pledge directly conflict with their oath of office? By signing of the pledge they are beholden to a only their base and not the rest of the country that they swore to represent.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
    • John

      "Republicans voted to raise the debt limit 7 times under Bush" EVERY DEMOCRAT VOTED AGAINST IT, INCLUDING OBAMA. So, given your theory, it was because Bush was president?
      Times have changed – look at GDP now vs. then. We shouldn't have to raise taxes to cut spending. It has nothing to do with a pledge – it has to do with the last election and what the majority of Americans want.

      July 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
      • Greg Kells

        This is Obama's third request to raise the debt ceiling. He raised it twice in his first year. When Bush asked to raise the debt ceiling, Democrats ALWAYS voted against it. In 2006 Obama made a speech about "reckless spending and failed leadership", when Bush asked for another increase. Obama's failed policies and out of control spending need to be stopped. The nation WILL NOT go into default if the debt ceiling isn't raised, unless Democrats are unwilling to do away with some of their pet programs. Our government's job is to defend our interests and regulate trade, not babysit, provide health care, provide retirement income, or any of the myriad of other social obligations they have taken on (and charge us for). If we weren't paying for a bumbling ineffective bureaucracy to do those things, we could use that money to provide for our own needs. Economic liberty is ESSENTIAL to freedom. Higher taxes, insurance mandates, welfare and other entitlements are the enemy of that liberty. Personally I hope the government goes bankrupt. Maybe then people will realize that they are incapable of providing the security they promised, and we should have opted for liberty over security to begin with.

        July 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Curt

      Ummm... the debt crisis is a lil' bigger now.

      July 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • E smith

      Regardless of who voted against or for what, we have now come to a threshold. This country cannot support any more debt without some clear cut strategy to ultimately reduce our long term debt. I am a Corp. president of a 62 year old company who has been very successful. After two years of our economic whoa, we have experienced two years of loss and have been forced to lay off 50% of our work force. Giving Obama Cart Blanc by irresponsibly raising the debt ceiling without committed cuts and corp. tax control will only result in more people out of work and demise for corp. America.

      July 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • SJC2


      You make some good points, this time around the Tea Party has a strangle hold on the House.

      July 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  3. California Conservative

    From Sen. Obama’s Floor Speech, March 20, 2006:

    The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

    July 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • California Conservative

      By his (Obama) own words he is a failure. The hypocrisy is astounding.

      July 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
      • rhumba

        If you want to see true hypocrisy, research Eric Cantor's history. What you'll find is a man who has NEVER done anything that didn't push his own political career forward. He has done nothing for our district, aside from make friends with the rich and big business who can help his campaigns. During the Bush administration, he voted for everything he professes to be against under the Obama administration. He is a snake who will walk all over anyone who gets in his way. Right now he's sucking up to the Tea Party, but it won't take long for them to catch onto his selfish, narcissistic ways, and then he'll move on to some other self-serving agenda. I believe the Rep. Cantor should be recalled.

        July 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
      • California Conservative

        rhumba –

        Your Blame Bush party won't even put forth an idea on paper. Obama and Pelosi continue their Mutt & Jeff routine thinking they can get away with it. The only democrat proposal was shot.down in the senate 0-97. That's how far off demcorats really are. Please note that included their own party.

        Many more people do not want the debt ceiling raised. Please look up the definition of insane.

        July 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  4. California Conservative

    Obama pledges to cut deficit in half at fiscal summit

    February 23, 2009

    President Obama pledged Monday to cut the nation's $1.3 trillion deficit in half by the end of his first term.

    He identified exploding health-care costs as the chief culprit behind rising federal deficits during a bipartisan "fiscal responsibility summit" convened to discuss ways to restore fiscal stability without deepening the recession.

    Meeting with the congressional leadership of both parties, as well as a range of business, academic, financial and labor leaders, Obama warned that the country cannot continue its current rate of deficit spending without facing dire economic consequences

    July 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  5. Chas in Iowa

    The debt wouldn't seem like such a big issue if it had been addressed when GWB was conducting two wars totally off the books. The only difference is Obama has put them on the books.
    GWB also borrowed over three trillion dollars trying to avert the economic crisi. Need to ask the FED where that money went.
    Just let the GOP keep talking about turning Medicare into a voucher program and we can get the Huose back in 2012 to fix the problem for good without the GOP.

    July 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • Curt

      Well, we have three wars now, Obamacare, and trillion $ stimulus package. Sorry, 3 years now into his presidency, Obama is to blame for our debt.

      July 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  6. gerald paddock

    all of you people need to grow up hello

    July 18, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  7. Blackman in America

    "71 percent disapprove of what Congressional Republicans have done" I guess it's safe to say all the LIES that repuks spu-outta-da-months just don't work. THATS the good news.............people are so done with the LIER republicans. The bad news is repuks continue to live in DENIAL (which is not the river in Africa).

    July 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      71% of Americans may disapprove of what Congressional Republicans have done. However that does not mean that all 71 percent agree with each other. Some want the Republicans to go farther, cut more with no taxes, other republicans are willing to raise some taxes, and yet others think that congress should hold Barry to his word.

      The question is too broad. Typical of the Liberal media to try and push their agenda. So I am not surprised by the number. A more narrow question may reveal the unity of the American people. That we are tired of an ever growing debt.

      July 19, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    That's right Sandy! The fact that OBAMA is black is the bottomline of all of the hulabaloo. They truly want him to fail, by any means necessary and whatever it takes! They are racist treasonists!

    July 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • NClaw441

      Mr. Obama OPPOSED raising the debt ceiling when President Bush was in office in 2006. What made him change his mind now?

      July 19, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  9. Badger Girl

    It just bewilders me how Republicans can say all we need is spending cuts and no revenue. Sure cuts will help, but it's like making your budget at home. If you're in debt and trying to get yourself out. A better paying job that brings in more revenue helps cut down the debt as much as cutting unnecessary things like cable, internet, etc. If we cut unnecessary programs we should also close loop holes and bring in more revenue to bring down the debt. It's common sense.

    Plus, these so called "job creators" can afford. When you got CEOs taking home take home pay thats in the millions, on top of what goes into the company. I'm sorry but they can afford to actually pay the real taxes they should be paying instead of having loopholes so they pay practically nothing. Anyone with common sense realizes that the top earners make 400% more than the middle class. Yet we're causing problems for job creators. They are making profits and hoarding onto the cash, not creating jobs.

    July 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Blackman in America; good post! I am a black woman in America and I agree! LOL! 'DENIAL' GOP/TEAPARTY simpletons, not DE NILE as in river, that is! Blackman, that's a good one! LOL!

    July 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm |