A Washington Post poll released today suggests why some Republicans may be moving headlong toward a deal with President Obama, even one that raises taxes to the tune of $2 trillion as called for in the “Gang of Six” Senate plan.
Momentum for the Senate plan continued to build as the White House said it would raise the debt ceiling to allow a few more days for the deal to get through Congress.
Speaking to reporters today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney emphasized that the Gang of Six deal could change and that the White House would consider various versions.
Obama met today with Democratic leaders to temperature take on the plan. House Speaker John Boehner and GOP Leader Eric Cantor were to meet with Obama at 5 pm.
In the poll, 58 percent of Republicans say their leaders are not doing enough to strike a deal with Obama of the deficit, compared to 42 percent in March, suggesting pressure is growing on the GOP to accept something.
Nearly six in ten of all respondents – Republican and Democratic – say that Obama has been too uncompromising. Among independents 79 percent say Republicans are holding up the show, while 62 percent say Obama is also or solely responsible.
The White House may be successfully painting Republicans as tools of the rich, according to the Post story.
Republicans may also be losing the war of perception about who stands with whom in the debates over the deficit and the economy. A majority view the president as more committed to protecting the interests of the middle class and small businesses, while large majorities see Republicans as defending the economic interests of big corporations and Wall Street financial institutions.
But Obama and the GOP would mostly share blame for an economic meltdown.
If there were an economic breakdown, neither side would escape blame. Forty-two percent say they would mostly hold the GOP responsible, and 36 percent say Obama would be at fault. But Republicans in Congress are also under increasing pressure from their own partisans.