Who does America blame (actually, disapprove of) in the recent fiscal cliff negotiations?
Boehner, of course—but not by so very much, and certainly not by as big a margin as I expected:
Fifty-one percent disapproved of Boehner’s efforts in budget talks, with 52 percent approving of Obama’s stance.
And the difference between those who blame Boehner and those who blame Obama seems to rest mostly on the fact that Democrats are much more united in favoring Obama than Republicans are in favoring Boehner.
No surprise there, right?
Disapproval of the Speaker was roughly even across party lines, with 56 percent of Democrats, 52 percent of independents and even 49 percent of Republicans saying they did not approve of his handling of the negotiations…
Unlike Boehner, there was a strong partisan divide for the president: While 81 percent of Democrats and 46 percent of independents supported his actions, only 27 percent of Republicans did so.
As I said, Obama could strangle a brace of puppies…
As for the end result of the negotiations, Americans say “meh”:
Overall, Americans seem to favor the deal — albeit not by an overwhelming margin. While 45 percent say they approve of the fiscal-cliff agreement, 38 percent say they disapprove. That result is driven mostly by Democrats, two-thirds of whom say they like the deal. By contrast, only four in 10 independents and 26 percent of Republicans say the same thing.
I wonder, though, how many people read much about the negotiations at all, and how many know what was decided. Maybe polls should come with a quiz? It might be illuminating.