Oh my: CCB bill gets 2-1 approval among adults in CNN poll

posted at 7:20 pm on July 21, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Tina touched on this in the previous post, but it’s important enough to look into the numbers.  Harry Reid might consider the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act the worst piece of legislation in the history of, well, legislation, but he doesn’t get much company among American adults.  In the latest CNN poll, two-thirds of voters favor the idea of tying a raise in the debt ceiling to spending caps and a balanced budget amendment, and this isn’t a survey of conservative-leaning likely voters, either.  However, if you expect the CNN story about its own poll to highlight this result, then you obviously haven’t been reading CNN long (via Poor Richard’s News):

Americans are hungry for a solution to the debt ceiling debate but there is a big partisan divide that isn’t going to make a solution easy to achieve, according to a new national survey.

And a CNN/ORC International Poll also indicates that while Democrats and independent voters are open to a number of different approaches, Republicans draw the line at tax increases, and many of them oppose raising the nation’s debt ceiling under any circumstances.

“That may create a problem for the Republican party, because most Americans think that GOP has been acting irresponsibly in the debt ceiling talks and they will blame congressional Republicans, not President Barack Obama, if no action is taken on the debt ceiling by August 2,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

One has to go thirteen paragraphs into the story to find CNN addressing this at all:

Republicans like the “cut, cap, and balance” approach to the debt ceiling, as do Democrats and independents. Most Americans support a balanced budget amendment, and most, but not as many, think an amendment is necessary to get federal spending under control. A balanced budget amendment passed the House earlier this week, but a vote in the Senate is expected to fail.

Er, yeah.  In other words, a consensus exists across all political lines that the CCB/BBA approach would be a good idea.  When one scrolls down to the crosstab sections of the raw data, the consensus becomes very, very clear.  The CCB/BBA approach wins majorities in every single demographic — including self-described liberals.  Sixty-three percent of Democrats back the House bill.  The least supportive age demographic is 50-64YOs at 62/37; the least supportive regional demographic is the Midwest at 61/39.  Even those who express opposition to the Tea Party supports it 53/47.

In other words, it’s a clean sweep.  Simply put, there is no political demographic at all where the CCB/BBA doesn’t get majority support.  The BBA on its own does even better.  It gets 3-1 support (74/24), and except for those Tea Party opponents (56%) and self-professed liberals (61/37), doesn’t get below 70% support in any demographic.

Guess what doesn’t get much support?  The McConnell plan.  Respondents rejected the idea of letting Obama raise the debt ceiling on his own, 34/65.  Not one single demographic supports the idea, not even Democrats (40/60) or liberals (34/65).

To quote Barack Obama, the American people are sold — on the Republican plan passed in the House to deal with the debt-ceiling and spending crises.  Too bad CNN buried the lede.

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cmsinaz on July 22, 2011 at 7:35 AM

My pleasure.

Now I’m going to be cleaning some cosmoline off of my SKS stock. That is far more fun than watching the inevitable happen… and gets me prepared for it, too.

And there is no fun to be had cleaning an SKS stock of cosmoline, in case no one knew that.

ajacksonian on July 22, 2011 at 7:46 AM

ajacksonian on July 22, 2011 at 7:46 AM

scary times…

cmsinaz on July 22, 2011 at 7:50 AM

My take.

kingsjester on July 22, 2011 at 7:59 AM

The Republicans in the Senate aren’t sold.

The power of just sticking to your guns and principles could not be more evident here.

Daemonocracy on July 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM

We must plan on removing Senate RINOs during the upcoming primaries… just like we did with the House.

dominigan on July 22, 2011 at 8:06 AM

Now I’m going to be cleaning some cosmoline off of my SKS stock. That is far more fun than watching the inevitable happen… and gets me prepared for it, too.

And there is no fun to be had cleaning an SKS stock of cosmoline, in case no one knew that.

ajacksonian on July 22, 2011 at 7:46 AM

Been there, done that. On the other hand, there’s no better way to start converting a liberal relative than to take them out into the countryside to do some shooting with it. I’ve got a Ugo version and my two liberal brother-in-laws fell in love with it!

dominigan on July 22, 2011 at 8:09 AM

What would anyone expect from the Communist News Network? I keep praying that they soon will go out of business.

jistincase on July 22, 2011 at 8:49 AM

The Republicans in the Senate aren’t sold.

The power of just sticking to your guns and principles could not be more evident here.

Daemonocracy on July 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Tom Coburn isn’t an idiot. The difference is that he realizes the importance of protecting the economy and promoting job growth as opposed to a pointless political fight that jeopardizes the credibility of the US financial system and causes foreign investors to rethink their investments in US treasuries.

It’s incredibly hypocritical how Obama is criticized for failing to include the GOP in the legislative process and then the House engages in this kind of one-sided game. Once again, Obama has left the door wide open for a deal that sacrifices traditionally Democratic programs, yet Boehner is blocked by the nut roots from doing a deal.

In a democracy, you have to negotiate when your party lacks majority control, as was the intent of our founding fathers when writing the Constitution. Get over it.

bayam on July 22, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Reid is totally unfit to be in public office. Without lies and deceptions he couldn’t get away with the corruption and incompetence that is reflected in everything he does.

volsense on July 22, 2011 at 9:10 AM

dominigan@ 8:09 AM

I totally agree. The election of 2010 was just a step in the right direction. We need to keep the flushing of RINOs going. Since the Communist Party is openly endorsing Obama and demonrats, the thought of our country of surviving 4 more years of the liberal attacks does not bode well for our future. We are in a Civil War with our nation in the balance.

volsense on July 22, 2011 at 9:16 AM

In a democracy, you have to negotiate when your party lacks majority control, as was the intent of our founding fathers when writing the Constitution. Get over it.

bayam on July 22, 2011 at 8:55 AM

The people voted for divided government in November 2010 ALL spending has to start in the House. Get used to it. The losers don’t get to dictate the terms to the winners.

Dr Evil on July 22, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Tom Coburn isn’t an idiot. The difference is that he realizes the importance of protecting the economy and promoting job growth as opposed to a pointless political fight that jeopardizes the credibility of the US financial system and causes foreign investors to rethink their investments in US treasuries.

Democrats are interested in protecting the economy and promoting growth? Which is whey they want to raise taxes in a recession, can’t stop themselves from demagoging job creators whenever they stand in front of a microphone and have created a ruinous regulatory regime? Running up the debt to 14+ Trillion but screaming bloody murder and claiming conservatives want to kill grandma any time talks of cuts comes up? You realize that the Democrats haven’t offered a plan to fix this right?

It’s incredibly hypocritical how Obama is criticized for failing to include the GOP in the legislative process and then the House engages in this kind of one-sided game. Once again, Obama has left the door wide open for a deal that sacrifices traditionally Democratic programs, yet Boehner is blocked by the nut roots from doing a deal.

What are you talking about? Obama has left the door open? He’s willing to sacrifice programs? Where’s his plan? He sure talks a lot but hasn’t actually produced anything specific. Also, he appears to support the typical tax now cut later plan which as everyone knows means cuts won’t happen.

Also, no one is calling him a hypocrite for failing to include the GOP – he’s being called a hypocrite for claiming he wants compromise when it’s obvious he wants 90% of what he wants for 10% of what he doesn’t.

In a democracy, you have to negotiate when your party lacks majority control, as was the intent of our founding fathers when writing the Constitution. Get over it.

bayam on July 22, 2011 at 8:55 AM

First of all the Constitution doesn’t demand negotiation.
Secondly, what part of the Democrat ‘plan’ should the GOP cave on – the part that kills job growth even further by raising taxes or the part that brings us even closer to financial collapse by spending more?

gwelf on July 22, 2011 at 9:55 AM

bayam,

Pleas enlighten us – what’s the Democrat’s plan?

We’re told we must compromise so why don’t you tell us what the plan is on the other side that we’re supposed to compromise with?

I don’t want to hear about speeches – I wan’t a document, something specific.

As you say Democrats have majority control so where is their leadership? Where is their solution?

gwelf on July 22, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Something tells me Obama told CNN to put this out there to give him cover when he gets his bluff called.

ctmom on July 22, 2011 at 10:14 AM

What’s clear from this whole fiasco is that liberals prize government and government spending more than they do anything else – including a functioning financial system and economy.

Democrats claim that we have an impending economic apocalypse if the debt ceiling is not raised – yet they are unwilling to sacrifice even a small part of their precious Big Government in order to raise the debt ceiling. Or even offer a plan to fix this situation.

Democrats won’t even admit we have a spending problem. They think the government should spend more money. You can’t argue with math though – we can’t continue to spend at the levels we are and you can’t tax or even confiscate your way out of this reality. The ‘rich’ don’t have enough wealth to pay for it.

Yet, any talk of defunding or cutting anything is met with accusations that conservatives want to kill seniors and the poor etc. Tell me, what will happen to everyone – including the “most vulnerable” among us when the economy stalls, our credit rating gets downgraded (which will happen if we keep spending no matter what our ‘ceiling’ is), and the rest of the world actually acknowledges the truth that we are bankrupt?

gwelf on July 22, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Good to know most Americans it would seem wantto take away the blank check from D.C.

It should be EVEDRY American but sadly there are a lot of Statists in this country… who vote.

Yakko77 on July 22, 2011 at 10:48 AM

According to the news, Reid just sucessfully tabled the CCB

AH_C on July 22, 2011 at 11:03 AM

What we need are an adults in the administration.

the wolf on July 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM

The funny thing is that Bayam was on a thread just recently claiming that we had to accept tax increases b/c, allegedly, the public supports tax increases.

Yet, with 2/3 of the public supporting CCB, what the public supports suddenly doesn’t matter.

And, I love how it claims Obama did this or that during negotations, when we have no idea what Obama has done. the only concrete thing Obama has stated is that he wants a serious tax increase. Other than that, Obama has given no specifics about anything. thus, claiming “Obama left the door open for . . .” is really not true.

Maybe if Obama produced a plan that we could discuss – or the Senate democrats produced a plan we could discuss, or the house democrats produced a plan we could discuss, then we could discuss their ideas. Since none of that has happened, we have no idea what the democrats propose to do to solve this. All we know is that they voted against the only bill out there, CCB. Other than that, nada.

Monkeytoe on July 22, 2011 at 12:21 PM

In a democracy, you have to negotiate when your party lacks majority control, as was the intent of our founding fathers when writing the Constitution. Get over it.

bayam on July 22, 2011 at 8:55 AM

LOL, where in the Constitution does it say that?

Remember your guy O’bama said, and I quote:

John McCain had the temerity to ask him if he was going to work with the republicans. Obama said, “I won the election, John. Elections have consequences.”

Del Dolemonte on July 22, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Something tells me Obama told CNN to put this out there to give him cover when he gets his bluff called.

ctmom on July 22, 2011 at 10:14 AM

According to NewsBusters, CNN didn’t even report that part of their own poll.

Throughout Thursday afternoon, the network selectively touted results from its newly-released poll showing a majority of Americans favor President Obama and his positions on the debt ceiling debate. What they ignored was that almost two-thirds of Americans want a balanced budget amendment to be passed, along with spending cuts and caps on spending in the future – or “Cut, Cap, and Balance,” a conservative House GOP position.

Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) twice told CNN’s John King Thursday night the results of CNN’s own poll showing Americans favor a Cut, Cap, and Balance plan. King would not affirm his claims and instead reported other poll results showing that Americans favor compromise on the debt ceiling.

http://www.newsbusters.org/#ixzz1Ss9PyrJR

Del Dolemonte on July 22, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Why don’t any pictures show Schumer’s hand up Reid’S butt and pulling the strings?

shorebird on July 22, 2011 at 11:50 PM

What the people think is one thing, important. However, truth needs to be visible. The truth is that the democrats are ALL anti-american criminals, seeking to steal from the productive in order to buy the votes of the parasites.

proconstitution on July 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM

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