Our take on the new NBC/WSJ poll: “As Democrats and Republicans wrestle over spending and deficits in advance of an Aug. 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling, most Americans want their political leaders to compromise rather stand their ground, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. “Strong majorities of Democrats and independents prefer that Democratic congressional leaders make compromises in this budget debate, while almost 70 percent of independents want Republican leaders to do the same. And nearly six in 10 favor President Barack Obama’s proposal to lower the federal deficit by $4 trillion over 10 years by cutting federal spending, raising tax revenue from the wealthy and reducing some Medicare spending.
More: “But there’s one hurdle to this compromise: A majority of Republicans – and nearly two-thirds of Tea Party supporters – want GOP leaders to hold their ground.”
The Wall Street Journal’s take: “The poll … found a dramatic shift in attitudes toward the debt-ceiling debate as the public tunes in to the issue that is consuming Washington. A plurality of Americans—38%—said the debt ceiling should be raised, against 31% who said it shouldn't.”
And here’s a the new Washington Post/ABC poll: “Majorities of Americans see both President Obama and congressional Republicans as not willing enough to compromise in their budget negotiations, but the public views the GOP leaders as particularly intransigent.”