CNN Poll: Two-Thirds Support “Cut, Cap, Balance”

by SunnyRight on July 21, 2011

A new poll from CNN shows that two-thirds of Americans support the legislation passed by House Republicans “Cut, Cap, and Balance”. In fact, a majority of Democrats support the plan.

But a CNN poll released Thursday shows that two-thirds of Americans support the system established by the CCB Act. Sixty-six percent of respondents said they approved of a plan under which “Congress would raise the debt ceiling only if a balanced budget amendment were passed by both houses of Congress and substantial spending cuts and caps on future spending were approved.” Sixty-three percent of Democrats and 65 percent of independents said they would approve of such a plan.

Those who say the oppose the Tea Party still back the legislation 53-47. The least supportive demographic? 50-64 year-olds, who only provide 62% support the legislation. Self-described liberals? A majority support the legislation.

But wait, there’s more!

74% of American adults support the Balanced Budget Amendment. 56% of open Tea Party opponents support the amendment. Even 61% of self-described liberals support the BBA.

As for the idea of letting Barack Obama simply raise the debt ceiling? It’s opposed by every demographic — including liberals and Democrats.

The results are clear: Americans want not only cuts and caps but a constitutional limit, too. The House has already passed the legislation. The only question is whether Democrats will continue to be obstructionists.



44 Responses to “CNN Poll: Two-Thirds Support “Cut, Cap, Balance””

  1. Joel Says:

    If you read the full report on the CNN poll, instead of just pulling one question out of 29 pages of data, you would see that the poll shows a VERY strong OPPOSITION to CCB. The single question that you have chosen to highlight strictly focuses on spending cuts and a Balanced Budget Ammendment, and does not contain any language whatsoever regarding tax increases. Anyone who has spent more than 3 seconds paying attention lately and thinks that fiscal waste does not occur on some level within the Federal government is a moron. Wanting to cut wasteful spending and to provide assurances that we would not be in this situation again does not, in any possible way, show a preference for either conservative or liberal politcs.

    However, when looking at the entirety of the poll, it becomes painfully obvious that the vast majority of the US population favors the Democratic solution to the debt issue. Question 18 on page 4 shows that the majority of Americans feel that Obama has acted responsibly, while only 1/3 feel that Republicans have acted responsibly. If the debt ceiling would not have been raised and the US Government had defaulted, more than half of Americans would hold Republicans responsible, while less than 1/3 would hold Obama responsible. 65% of those polled opposed an deal that would not increase taxes. And the most damning question for the Tea Party is that 73% of Americans FAVORED raising taxes on those individuals making more than $250k/year. Even 40% of Tea Party supporters said that the Tea Party Republicans did not act responsibly.

    No matter what Fox News tells you, this will be a disaster for the Tea Party, and will pretty much ensure Obama’s re-election, and that the Democrats will once again control Congress.

  2. Joel Says:

    Imagine that. I submit a comment detailing how misleading this post it, and it’s deleted. God, I hate the Tea Party.

  3. Stephan Tawney Says:

    Hey, Joel?

    Not to destroy the narrative, but almost all comments are held for moderation. That’s because spammers have gotten smart enough to know how to make spam look like a comment and get it past spam blocking software.

    Conservative comments get held for moderation. Liberal comments get held for moderation. Tea Party comments get held for moderation. Comments kissing my ass get held for moderation.

    Has nothing to do with ideology and everything to do with stopping spam.

  4. Joel Says:

    I apologize. I saw it there earlier and then it was gone. I made an assumption that it had been taken down. Again, I do apologize.

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