Overwhelmingly, the public’s more afraid the feds are spending too much than too little, 67/19. Among Democrats, it’s 46/33.
A majority think Geithner’s in over his head, 51/31, although most say the administration as a whole is up to the task, 51/43.
Opposition to Obama’s monstrous budget is also at majority levels, 50/43, with independents breaking 55/37. Most think the trillion-dollar deficits over the next decade will do more harm than good, 53/38, and a huge majority fears that the national debt will never be paid off, 69/29 (Democrats 59/37).
A heavy majority now disagrees with the government’s decision to bail out struggling companies, 59/35, although I’m not sure how that squares with this:
Disapproval of the auto bailout is even sharper at 65/31 (Democrats 53/44), although there’s consistent support for heavy-handed federal intervention in companies receiving TARP money. A slight majority approves of the decision to force out GM’s CEO and 53 percent say booting the CEO of a corporation receiving government funds is more likely a necessary move to save the economy than something that goes against the American way of doing business. 64 percent also support letting the feds regulate executive compensation at TARP companies but 56 percent oppose letting them do it at non-TARP companies, which I guess is good news and bad news for Barney Frank.
The big winners in all this? The Blue Dogs. The GOP’s ratings are still in the toilet — a net approval rating of -9, down four points since last October — but the Democrats are at +16. Fiscally conservative Dems fearful of crossing The One can take heart in the fact that public sentiment on Great Society II is shifting, even if America’s appetite for the world’s biggest celebrity isn’t. Case in point, here’s my favorite question. Note the party split. Or, rather, non-split.
And here’s my least favorite. Add columns two and three and start worrying:
Exit question: That last bit of data aside, is this hope and change?