By a more than two to one majority, Americans say the debt ceiling deal reached between President Obama and Congress will make the economy worse, according to a new poll by USA Today/Gallup.
The survey is bad political news all around.
Forty one percent approve of Obama’s handling of the negotiations and 49 percent disapprove, numbers which track his overall approval ratings. By contrast, Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s approval ratings on the matter trail their disapproval numbers by 20 points, suggesting Obama’s attempt to position himself as the adult in the room trying to get something done may have had some success.
Though better than the Speaker’s, Obama’s numbers are still not good. And perversely, that his advisers shoved him into the briefing room every other day during the negotiations may in the long run end up causing the public to associate him with a deal they don’t like.
In the survey, 41 percent say the deal will make the economy worse while 17 percent say it will make it better, while a third predict it will have no effect. But a substantial number of those who believe it won’t have an effect think it was the right thing to do, with 39 percent approving of the measure and 46 percent disapproving.
Republicans and conservatives dislike the new law the most, with only about a quarter approving, compared to nearly two thirds of Democrats who back the it.