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USA Today/PEW Poll: Voters Align More with Obama Than Republicans

President Barack Obama studies a challenge coin presented to him by an emergency responder during a greet in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium Ante Room before remarks urging action to avoid the automatic budget cuts scheduled if Congress fails to find a path forward on balanced deficit reduction, Feb. 19, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama studies a challenge coin presented to him by an emergency responder during a greet in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium Ante Room before remarks urging action to avoid the automatic budget cuts scheduled if Congress fails to find a path forward on balanced deficit reduction, Feb. 19, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama starts his second term with a clear upper hand over GOP leaders on issues from guns to immigration that are likely to dominate the year, a USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll finds. On the legislation rated most urgent – cutting the budget deficit – even a majority of Republican voters endorse Obama’s approach of seeking tax hikes as well as spending cuts. – On Issues, Public More Aligned with Obama than GOP

IT’S GOOD to be President Barack Obama today.

The biggest loser remains Speaker John Boehner and the extremist wing of the House.

To begin digging out, three of four Americans say a deficit plan should include both tax increases and spending cuts, akin to the “balanced” approach Obama backs. While there is stronger support to cut spending than raise taxes, only one in five say a deficit-reduction package should rely solely on spending cuts, the position embraced by House Speaker John Boehner.

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6 Responses to USA Today/PEW Poll: Voters Align More with Obama Than Republicans

  1. Solo February 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Republicans are nor brilliant strategists, they are dogged ones. They find something they think works and they hammer away at it relentlessly. This is what the millionth time since Obama has been in office that they have tried the tactic of deliberately causing a problem and then trying to scapegoat for the consequences. How many times do they have to fail at this before they just accept the reality that the American public isn’t stupid and likes this President a lot more than any named Republican?

  2. Cujo359 February 21, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    Just started looking at the poll and noticed this:

    start quote:

    The poll finds new evidence of the public’s concern over the federal budget deficit. Fully 70% say it is essential for the president and Congress to pass major legislation to reduce the federal budget deficit, including wide majorities across party lines.

    end quote

    Shorter Pew: The vast majority of America think that the fiscal policy that will hurt our economy the most is what we just gotta do.

  3. secularhumanizinevoluter February 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    If I’m not mistaken hasn’t the deficit gone DOWN under President Obama?

    • Cujo359 February 21, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

      So, let me get this straight – you’re saying that because they’ve managed to do something, doing it is a good idea?

  4. secularhumanizinevoluter February 22, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    “So, let me get this straight — you’re saying that because they’ve managed to do something, doing it is a good idea?”

    How in the heaven’s name(that ain’t even THERE) do you arrive at your muddled conclusion from what I asked?!!!!!!!!

    • Cujo359 February 23, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

      For some reason, I thought you were replying to me. If you weren’t (and you clearly didn’t hit the reply link for my comment), my brain fart, sorry.

      Meanwhile, it’s true, the deficit as a portion of GDP lowered in FY 2010 and 2011, the first two budgets that were entirely the Obama Administration’s (FY 2009 was proposed by the Bush Administration).

      So, yes, we’re lowering the deficit, and yes, it’s a stupid thing to do in a depression. The only good thing about budget trends recently is that we’re spending somewhat less in supplement war funding, which mostly benefits foreigners, economically speaking.

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