Majority Disapproves of Debt-Ceiling Agreement in One-Day Poll
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Even after months of Sturm und Drang about the danger of the U.S. defaulting on its debt, a majority of Americans -- and an overwhelming majority of independents -- disapproves of the agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling and make major cuts in government spending set to be signed into law, according to a new, one-day CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday.
Just 44 percent of Americans approve of the agreement between Democrats and Republicans to "raise the federal government's debt ceiling through the year 2013 and make major cuts in government spending over the next few years," while 52 percent disapprove.
Republicans and independents are driving this disapproval. Democrats approve of the agreement, 63 percent to 32 percent. But only 35 percent of Republicans and independents approve of the agreement. More than three-in-five independents disapprove.
Specific elements of the agreement are more popular than the agreement overall, however, suggesting the tumultuous and often times messy process had a negative impact on Americans and their perception of Washington. One measure of that: the percentage of Americans who approve of the way Congress is handling its job has shrunk to an abysmal 14 percent, easily the lowest measure in five years of CNN polling.