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Polls show American people disapprove of GOP handling of debt crisis

by Adam Russett on July 27, 2011

The American people have grown increasingly tired of the failure of Congressional leaders to compromise, but results of a new CBS News Poll shows that Republicans are faring worst of all. The results show that just 21 percent of respondents viewed the GOP's actions favorably, with 71 percent disapproving.

While the Democrats did not perform much better, with only 31 percent approving and 58 percent disapproving, Republicans even drew criticism from their own party, with 51 percent of party members taking issue with their handling of the debt crisis.

According to NPR, the findings are not surprising given that the majority of Americans seem to align with President Barack Obama when it comes to what they're looking for in a compromise, with a large number of potential voters saying they would like to see a balanced approach with both tax increases for the wealthy as well as spending cuts.

Republicans in Congress have been holding firm with their spending cuts-only approach, but Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell indicated that his party may be willing to surrender at least a little ground on the issue to reach a compromise by the August 2 deadline to raise the debt ceiling.

"We cannot get a perfect solution controlling only the House of Representatives," McConnell said. "I am prepared to accept something less than perfect because perfect is not achievable."

Still, McConnell took issue with Senate majority leader Harry Reid's proposal to cut $2.7 trillion from the deficit, The Hill reports. He decried the plan as "pulling the wool" over the American people's eyes, but as survey after survey seem to indicate, McConnell and his republican cohorts may need to open their own eyes first.

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