Majorities of Americans see both congressional Republicans and – to a lesser extent – President Obama as being too unwilling to compromise in deficit-reduction negotiations, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Fifty-eight percent of Republicans say their leaders in Congress are not willing enough to compromise, compared with 42 percent in March.
The poll revealed a GOP divided on the issue of including new taxes in a budget compromise—which is surprising in light of the hard-line stance Republican leaders have taken on the issue due to claims of a rank-and-file opposed to such a provision.
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Exactly half of Democrats, on the other hand, said President Obama is “too willing” to compromise. His overall approval rating remains under 50 percent, with just over half of Americans disapproving of the president’s handling of the economy.
Congressional Republicans came off worse, with two-thirds of respondents disapproving of how they are handling the economy.
Overall, 77 percent of respondents said Republican leaders weren't willing enough to compromise, compared with 58 percent who said the same of Obama.
Majorities of both Republican and Democratic respondents predict “dire economic consequences” if lawmakers fail to reach a deal to raise the debt ceiling by the August 2 deadline. Poll respondents were split on who they would blame if the economy broke down, with 42 percent saying it would fall to Republicans and 36 percent to the president.
The poll results are in line with other surveys from CBS News, USA Today/Gallup, Pew Research Center, and NBC News/Wall Street Journal, which also show Americans siding with Obama on the debt-ceiling issue, according to Hotline.
The ongoing negotiations have caused the number of Americans “dissatisfied” or “angry” about the way the federal government operates to soar 11 percentage points from June, to 80 percent.
The political fallout in 2012 could be dramatic. Sixty-three percent of Americans said they were inclined to look for new representatives, the highest percentage ever recorded in Post-ABC polls.
The poll was conducted by telephone from July 14 to 17 and surveyed a random national sample of 1,001 adults. There is a +/- 3.5 percent margin of error for results.