Check out these poll results from Gallup/USA Today on the debt ceiling budget deal.
I’m sure most people don’t know the gruesome details— baselines, sequesters, the decision tree, etc.—so this should be read as more impressionistic, I’d guess.
But as far as whether they liked the deal, it’s a pretty big blah, though a majority of D’s approved of it…I suspect at the point the poll was taken, Aug 2, people associated the deal with the President, and this explains the partisan split.
But here’s a part that caught my attention:
More than twice as many respondents over all thought it was a bad deal for the economy, but the shares who thought it would make the economy worse (or wouldn’t matter much at all) were particularly high for Rs, conservatives, and independents.
Again, this may be purely political with the R’s, but jeez, I thought the theory of the case was that this sort of thing is supposed to appeal to the sought-after independents who were dyin’ to get their spending cuts on.
Anyway, certainly not the last word on public opinion re the deal, but this just confirms what was obvious: DC’s been talking past the rest of the country.