President Obama is catching a lot of heat from progressive Democrats as a result of the budget deal averting a government shutdown (see here, here and here). But it appears he has bested the Republicans in the eyes of the public, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.
The poll, conducted 4/9-10, found that 54 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s handling of the budget negotiations, with 45 percent disapproving. Nearly half, 48 percent of respondents give Obama and Democrats more credit for the agreement, compared to 35 percent giving congressional Republicans more credit. (11 percent gave both credit, with 3 percent choosing “neither” and another 3 percent undecided).
Further, according to Steven Shepard’s ‘Hotline on Call’ report at The National Journal:
Notably, Obama scores better than congressional leaders from both parties. Equal majorities, 54 percent, disapprove of how leaders of each party handled the negotiations. In fact, House Speaker John Boehner now has an upside-down job approval rating: 41 percent of Americans approve of Boehner, while 43 percent disapprove.
Overall, a healthy majority, 58 percent, approves of the budget agreement. Just 38 percent of Americans disapprove. Majorities of Democrats (66 percent) and independents (56 percent) support the agreement, but Republicans are split virtually down-the-middle, with 47 percent approving of the agreement and 49 percent disapproving of the deal.
Not that the public likes all the GOP budget cuts — 65 percent favored continued funding for Planned Parenthood. An even larger majority, 71 percent, wants continued funding for the Environmental Protection Agency and its efforts “to enforce regulations on greenhouse gases and other environmental issues,” with just 28 percent in favor of preventing the EPA from funding enforcement. As for implementing the new health care act, 58 percent want the government to fund implementation, with 41 percent opposed.
In all, 31 percent of self-identified Democrats said President Obama and the Democrats “gave up too much” in the negotiations, while 63 percent said they did not. For independents, the figures were 16 percent agreeing that Obama and Dems gave up too much, with 77 percent disagreeing.