Another day, another poll showing that the House GOP, while in line with its base, is badly out of touch with the American mainstream.
The latest is from NBC/Wall Street Journal, and as the National Journal describes it:
“Asked to choose between Obama’s proposal, “which would reduce the federal deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade by cutting federal spending, increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthy, and reducing the level of spending on Medicare,” or the Republicans’ proposal to “reduce the federal deficit by $2.5 trillion over the next decade by cutting federal spending and would not raise taxes on corporations or the wealthy,” respondents choose Obama’s plan by a 58-to-36-percent margin.
Asked whether Democrats should accept cuts to Medicare and Social Security in order to forge a deal, just 38 percent of Americans want them to agree to those conditions. But asked whether Republicans should accept higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy if that was the only way to strike a deal, 62 percent of Americans say the GOP should accept that.”
To be more precise, 38 percent believe the Democrats should compromise by allowing cuts to Medicare and Social Security. However, 52 percent oppose such a compromise.
Only 27 percent say the Republicans should continue to refuse to compromise on higher taxes, while 62 percent support such a compromise.
The GOP strategy, in other words, is premised on public support that does not exist.
– Jay Bookman