This isn’t easy to do: have a lower approval than Republicans during Pres. Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
So, the Tea Party, who gained in 2010, through Obama and Democrats caving on the Bush tax cut extensions last December, but also through the White House’s cut-cut-cut 2011 austerity budget, then the debt ceiling negotiations, have finally brought the Republican Party down where they deserve.
Both parties have earned the dubious distinction of turning off voters, but for Democrats only 58% think they should be thrown out of Congress, while it’s 64% for Republicans.
A new CNN poll sends a strong message to the Tea Party and Republicans, saying their priorities are not America’s:
According to the poll, 63 percent say the super committee should call for increased taxes on higher-income Americans and businesses, with 36 percent disagreeing. And by a 57 to 40 percent margin they say the committee’s deficit reduction proposal should include major cuts in domestic spending.
But cuts in defense spending get a mixed review: Forty-seven percent would like the committee to include major cuts in military spending, with 53 percent saying no to such cuts.
Nearly two-thirds say no to major changes to Social Security and Medicare. And nearly nine in ten don’t want any increase in taxes on middle class and lower income Americans.
We’ve known the people don’t support cuts in the social safety net for a while, but Pres. Obama won’t stand on that line.
So, this would be great news for Obama and the Democrats, showing them the way, but unfortunately the President bought into austerity a long time ago and won’t make the Democratic economic case. That means for 2012 we’ll have two candidates making the case for cuts, while Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid has no champion in either big two party, though we’ll hear plenty of hot air on “reforming” the social safety net, which won’t result in any good news for the working class.