Poll shows Obama winning war of words on debt ceilingby John Kennedy | July 14th, 2011
Florida congressional Democrats and Republican have been sparring over who to blame if the standoff over raising the debt ceiling leads to a government default.
But a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows President Obama may be winning the war of words.
The survey of 2,311 voters across the nation, shows:
*Voters will blame Republicans over Obama 48 – 34 percent if the debt limit is not raised;
* Voters say 67 – 25 percent that an agreement to raise the debt ceiling should include tax hikes for the wealthy and corporations, not just spending cuts;
* Voters say 45 – 37 percent that Obama’s proposals to raise revenues are “closing loopholes,” rather than “tax hikes.”
And who do voters blame for the nation’s lousy economy?
“”Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of President Obama’s handling of the economy, but by 2-1 they pin the blame on former President George W. Bush rather than Obama, who is now more than 60 percent through his term of office,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.