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Zogby: Voters Give Debt Deal Bad Grade

Thursday, 04 Aug 2011 09:42 PM

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UTICA, NY - The debt limit agreement reached between Congress and President Barack Obama gets very low marks from likely voters, as does how the issue was handled.

Fallout includes a dip in the President’s approval rating (41 percent) and the number who say he deserves re-election (36 percent). The number of respondents who say the nation is on the wrong track (73 percent) is at its highest level since October, 2008.

The IBOPE Zogby interactive poll conducted from August 2-4 also shows that voters disapprove of the debt limit agreement, 70 percent to 25 percent. They also strongly say they lack confidence it will actually reduce the deficit (88 percent) and are more likely to say it will lead to the creation of fewer rather than more jobs, 40 percent to 9 percent.

A small majority (51 percent) believes the Republicans got more of what they wanted out of the deal than the Democrats; and by 43 percent to 27 percent they say Democrats were more willing to compromise than Republicans.

Job approval of Congress is now barely in double digits at 12 percent. Approval for Congress is 28 percent for Democrats and 25 percent for Republicans.

Overall, do you approve or disapprove of Barack Obama's job as president?

Obama Job
Performance

Aug
2

July
25

July
18

July
12

July
5

June
21

June
9

June
6

May
31

May
23

May
9

May
5

Disapprove

58%

54%

57%

58%

58%

56%

56%

53%

52%

51%

52%

54%

Approve

41%

45%

43%

42%

42%

43%

43%

46%

48%

48%

48%

46%

Not sure

1%

1%

1%

1%

1%

1%

1%

1%

0%

1%

0%

<1%

Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding

Do you think President Obama deserves to bere-elected or do you think it is time for someone new?

Response

Aug
2

July
25

July
18

July
11

July
5

June
21 

June

June
6

May
31 

May
9

Time for someone new 

54%

51%

53%

54%

56%

55%

52%

53%

51%

50%

Obama deserves
to be re-elected

36%

40%

38%

36%

38%

39%

39%

41%

41%

41%

Not sure

9%

9%

9%

10%

6%

7%

9%

7%

8%

10%

Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding

Do you approve or disapprove of the debt ceiling agreement reached between Republicans and Democrats?

Response

All voters 

Democrats 

Republicans 

Independents

Disapprove 

70%

63%

75%

73%

Approve

25%

29%

21%

23%

Not sure

5%

7%

4%

4%

Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding

Do you approve or disapprove of the job performance of President Obama on the debt limit issue?

Response

All voters 

Democrats 

Republicans 

Independents

Disapprove 

69%

45%

94%

71%

Approve

29%

50%

5%

27%

Not sure

3%

5%

1%

2%

Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding

Do you approve or disapprove of the job performance of Congressional Republicans on the debt limit issue?

Response

All voters 

Democrats 

Republicans 

Independents

Disapprove 

74%

90%

56%

72%

Approve

24%

8%

42%

26%

Not sure

2%

2%

2%

2%

Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding

Do you approve or disapprove of the job performance of Congressional Democrats on the debt limit issue?

Response

All voters 

Democrats 

Republicans 

Independents

Disapprove 

76%

53%

95%

84%

Approve

22%

44%

4%

14%

Not sure

2%

2%

1%

2%

Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding

Which party do you believe was more willing to compromise in the debt ceiling debate?

Response

All voters 

Democrats 

Republicans 

Independents

Democrats

43%

75%

8%

40%

Republicans 

27%

6%

49%

29%

Neither

23%

15%

32%

25%

Both

4%

<1%

6%

5%

Not sure

4%

4%

5%

2%

Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding

Which party do you believe got more of what they wanted from the debt ceiling agreement?

Response

All voters 

Democrats 

Republicans 

Independents

Republicans 

51%

73%

29%

47%

Democrats

20%

6%

36%

23%

Neither

17%

10%

23%

20%

Both

4%

2%

5%

5%

Not sure

7%

9%

7%

6%

Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding

How confident are you that the spending cuts in the debt ceiling agreement will actually reduce the nation's budget deficit?

Response

All voters 

Democrats 

Republicans 

Independents

Not very confident
+ not confident at all

88%

81%

93%

91%

Very + somewhat confident 

8%

13%

5%

7%

Not sure

4%

7%

2%

3%

Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding

How will the spending cuts in the debt ceiling agreement impact job growth?

Response

All voters 

Democrats 

Republicans 

Independents

Will decrease jobs

40%

66%

18%

32%

Will cause no change 

38%

19%

52%

46%

Will increase jobs

9%

5%

16%

7%

Not sure

13%

10%

15%

15%

Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding



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