President Obama and congressional Republicans are clearly headed for a confrontation over the debt ceiling and the budget. So who is likely to enter the fray holding the upper hand?
A new Marist-McClatchy poll asks two of the more pertinent questions:
Only 18 percent of registered voters, and only 25 percent of Republicans, want to take the approach championed by House Republicans in the Ryan budget. The rejection was overwhelming across every demographic.
So how about Obama’s preferred approach?
Almost two out of three registered voters — and a substantial minority of Republicans — would support raising taxes on those making more than $250,000. The poll was taken around the time of President Obama’s speech on the deficit, and those queried after the speech were significantly more likely to support Obama’s position than those queried beforehand.
As the old poem phrases it, “‘Will you walk into my parlor?’ said the spider to the fly….”
– Jay Bookman