CBS News PollFor release Tuesday, February 15, 20116:30 pm ESTPresident Obama, Congress Square Off on IssuesFebruary 11-14, 2011
The President and the new Congress have begun to address the deficit and last year’shealth care legislation, among other issues. Americans trust President Barack Obama(42%) and the Republicans in Congress (42%) equally to lower the deficit.
A majority of the public would disapprove of Congress cutting off funding for health carereform – although most also disapprove of the health care law and many aren’t sure ofits impact on the health care system.
The percentage of Americans that thinks government regulates business too heavily hasrisen since fall 2008, during the financial crisis.
The President’s overall approval rating is 48%, similar to last month.
Congress’ approval rating is up since last fall, but still low. 24% now approve.
The Budget Deficit
As Congress and the President take up discussions of the federal budget and deficit, equalpercentages trust the President (42%) and the Republicans in Congress (42%) to make the rightdecisions about it.
Trust More to Make Right Decisions about Reducing the Deficit
Barack Obama 42%Republicans in Congress 42Neither 9Both 2Some Americans – but not a majority – expect they will have to feel some personal pain in orderto reduce the deficit. 49% expect that the government will have to cut programs that benefitthem in order to lower the deficit, while nearly as many, 41%, think that won’t be necessary.
To Lower Deficit, Necessary to Cut Programs that Benefit You?
Yes 49%No 41Both Republicans and independents expect this will be needed, while most Democrats do not.However fewer, just 37%, expect it will be necessary to increase taxes on people likethemselves. Those expectations rise along with income; a majority of Americans with incomes