PEOPLE WANT President Obama to lead the fiscal scheme talks. And the person taking the biggest hit right now is Speaker John Boehner. Compared to Obama, who sits at 49 approval, 42 disapproval, Republican John Boehner’s approval is 25%, 49% disapproving.

WSJ/NBC polling continues to reveal Republicans are on quicksand on taxes for the 2%.

But a majority of respondents (56 percent) say they’ll blame both sides equally.

Still, twice as many Americans say they trust the president more in handling this fiscal situation (38 percent) than House Speaker John Boehner and the congressional Republicans (19 percent).

And significant majorities believe Obama holds a clear mandate from the election on issues related to this subject:

68 percent say he has a mandate on cutting taxes for families earning less than $250,000 per year

65 percent say he has a mandate on reducing the deficit by both increasing taxes on the wealthy and reducing federal spending

And 59 percent say he has a mandate on eliminating the Bush-era tax cuts for household income over $250,000 a year.