Americans are unimpressed with their political leaders' handling of the debt ceiling crisis, with a new CBS News poll showing a majority disapprove of all the involved parties' conduct, but Republicans in Congress fare the worst, with just 21 percent backing their intransigent resistance to raising taxes.That's right - 71% of respondents disapprove of the GOP's stubborn stand. Obama still nets disapproval, with 48% disapproving but 43% approving - a net negative of five points, compared to 50 points for the Republicans in Congress.
President Obama earned the most generous approval ratings for his handling of the weeks-old negotiations, but still more people said they disapproved (48 percent) than approved (43 percent) of what he has done and said.
... Approval drops to 31 percent for the Democrats in Congress, and only 21 percent of the people surveyed said they approved of Republicans' handling of the negotiations, while 71 percent disapprove.
While this may not totally derail the Republicans, as Nate Silver notes in a few articles, the GOP could be at just as much disadvantage as the Obama if this whole thing blows up in their faces. With such high negatives as this poll shows, its entirely possible the Republicans will be at a much more severe disadvantage when all is said and done.
And that goes doubly for prospective GOP presidential candidates like Michele Bachmann - currently the leader of the Tea Party Caucus, holding everything back - who backs this silly stand that threatens the country's integrity, while being in Congress and getting the stain of Washington at the same time. That's versus smart cookies like former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney, who have wisely decided to stay out of it.
Oh, it's going to be a fun election year, 2012. Very fun indeed.