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  • CNN Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Support 'Cut, Cap and Balance' Plan

    Senate Democrats are on the warpath against the House-passed Cut, Cap and Balance Act. They have taken to calling it the “Cut, Cap, and Kill Medicare Act.” At a press conference on Wednesday, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) aptly summed up the left’s characterizations of the legislation, calling it “cruel, dangerous, and stupid.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday called it “some of the worst legislation in the history of this country.”

    But a CNN poll released Thursday shows that two-thirds of Americans support the system established by the CCB Act. Sixty-six percent of respondents said they approved of a plan under which “Congress would raise the debt ceiling only if a balanced budget amendment were passed by both houses of Congress and substantial spending cuts and caps on future spending were approved.” Sixty-three percent of Democrats and 65 percent of independents said they would approve of such a plan.

    The CCB Act does just that: It caps spending at 19.9 percent of GDP (not at 18 percent, as some, including numerous senators, have claimed), cuts $111 billion out of the fiscal 2012 budget, and requires a balanced budget amendment before Congress can raise the debt ceiling.

    An almost identical number of respondents (65 percent) said they were opposed to the “Gang of Six” plan floated by a group comprised of three senators from each party. Only 34 percent said they supported it. The plan has come under fire from a host of conservatives, including the Heritage Foundation’s David Addington. Opposition to the Gang of Six plan also transcends party lines, according to the CNN poll: 60 percent of Democrats, 65 percent of Independents, and 70 percent of Republicans oppose the plan.

    Unlike the CCB Act, the Gang of Six plan does not include a balanced budget amendment, which, according to this survey, Americans overwhelmingly support. A full 74 percent of respondents said they support a BBA. Sixty percent said one would be necessary to control federal spending.

    The poll’s findings were not uniformly supportive of the conservative case, however. Sixty-four percent of respondents said they would favor a deficit-reduction plan that includes both spending cuts and tax increases to one consisting only of the latter. Only 34 percent said such a deal should include only spending cuts.

    Respondents also said that they thought President Obama had conducted himself more responsibly in the debt ceiling debate than congressional Republicans. They also said they’d be more likely to blame the GOP than the president for a failure to raise the debt limit.

    Still, there is broad agreement that the debt must be reduced. In fact, 45 percent of respondents, a plurality, said that the debt ceiling should only be raised if the president and Congress come up with a deal to slash trillions from the national debt. Thirty-six percent said they oppose raising the debt limit at all. Only 17 percent said that the debt ceiling should be raised even if no plan to reduce the national debt emerges.

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    21 Responses to CNN Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Support 'Cut, Cap and Balance' Plan

    1. Pingback: CNN Poll: Two-Thirds Support “Cut, Cap, Balance” | The American Pundit

    2. Mary says:

      Again, Harry the Idiot needs to stick these numbers where the sun doesn't shine. Dimwits are NOT listening to the American people!

      This and Obamacare will be the death nails to Liberalism. We can't afford you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Donny says:

        Thanks to Obamacare, THIS dimwit now has his 23-year old-daughter eligible for coverage up to age 26 on our private insurance plan. My premiums didn't go up as much year either. Amazing. I am an dimwit and I am affording it a lot better now!

    3. Bobbie says:

      "Weak and senseless?" What do you have in place of what you call "weak and senseless?" I'm sure the Republicans can give it more strength if you're mind were able to conceive the concept of the will of the people you serve.

      Speaking of time Mr. Reid, what do you have to show for yours? You fear America it's running out, yet you've made no effort to utilize the time you're paid efficiently or productively? Why are you holding America back, Mr. Reid? Why are you wasting the time we're running out of? You refuse to acknowledge what the American people want which makes you weak and senseless as your conduct exemplifies! That isn't acceptable leadership.

    4. Jeff, Illinois says:

      I think this is dishonest or skewed reporting . . If a poll asked about the CONCEPT of cut, cap and balance . . of course the average american might think such "A" plan has merit. That's different than tying such an understanding of the populace to the idea of "THE" cut, cap and balance plan that was specifically detailed the way it was as offered, by the GOP.

      • Nisha, Texas says:

        I think you hit it on the nail. After reading more about CCB and glancing at the bill myself, I couldn't understand why so many would support that. The concept, yes, I would support as well….it doesn't make sense to not support that. However, I am not in support of "The" CCB plan as proposed. …Absolutely NOT! Are they not understanding that this is to be written into the constitution? ….cuts that will hurt the "average" …not just the poor. The killing part is that so many of them are just average American middle-class folks who are just running off at the mouth to be in support of their party before trying to understand how a piece of legislation affects them directly. smh.

    5. Deborah says:

      If the American people want CC & B then Reid and Obama are against it. If the American people don't want Obamacare then Reid and Obama push it through. What is wrong with this picture?

    6. somegraphx says:

      This smells a bit like Republican bias. Me thinks the poll was skewed–certainly I wouldn't accuse the Republicans of lying to further their ridiculous agenda.

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    8. steve h says:

      In teh very same poll, 2/3rds of Americans support a mix of spending cuts and tax increases to deal with the debt/deficits, so I imagine you will back them and support a mix – instead of just spending cuts, correct?

      Also rgeat to see the majority of Americans think Obama has acted responsiblity in negotiations, more people believe that now than they did a month ago – and 63% think Republicans are acting irresponsibly.

      Since the vast majoruity of Americans approve of allowing tax rates to go up on the wealthiest Americans, I presume Heritage is backign that 100% – since you appear to only care abotu what polls say.

      The vast majority of Americans are against the Ryan budget, so I presume you'll do a blog in opposition of that plan, Correct?

    9. guest says:

      Most Americans oppose the big spending cuts that many in Washington see as necessary to bring down the budget deficit, a new poll suggests, but they do support one idea for deficit reduction that President Barack Obama has pushed for years — raising taxes on the rich.

      Only small slivers of the group of Americans surveyed for a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Wednesday said they support cuts to Medicare and Medicaid — 21 percent and 30 percent, respectively — and cuts to defense spending get the support of 42 percent of those surveyed. Seventy-eight percent of Americans are opposed to Medicare cuts, while 69 percent are opposed to Medicaid cuts.

      The potential solution to the debt crisis that gets the strongest support is raising taxes on Americans who make $250,000 or more annually, an idea that Obama campaigned on in 2008, backed away from last year to make a legislative deal with Republicans but has returned to as he’s begun discussing his vision for long-term fiscal responsibility. Of those surveyed, 72 percent said they support tax increases on people with incomes of more than $250,000, including 54 percent who strongly support them. Twenty-seven percent are opposed, including 17 percent strongly.

      Another potential remedy to the debt crisis gets less support — 45 percent of those surveyed said they support raising taxes on all Americans by a small percentage while making small cuts to Medicare and Social Security. Fifty-three percent of Americans are opposed to such a plan, including 40 percent who say they are strongly opposed.

    10. Get'er Done says:

      If I'm not mistaken the poll question you are referring to in regards to the Gang of Six plan was number 22 where the question reads:

      "In another proposal, Congress would give President Obama the ability to raise the debt ceiling several times in the next 18 months while cutting a smaller amount in government spending and not raising taxes at all. Would you favor or oppose this proposal?"

      That question which 65% of American's are opposed to is actually referencing the Mitch McConnell debt ceiling plan, so you may want to think about changing that part of your article.

      Also, the question mentions the plan making government cuts and NOT RAISING TAXES AT ALL, so since 64% of American's back a budget plan that uses both spending cuts and tax increases maybe the poll takers were actually opposed to the part of the question that mentioned not raising taxes at all.


    11. Daniel says:

      I find it funny that people will say this poll is skewed. If a CNN poll is leaning toward conservatives, it isn't skewed. It's just one they couldn't deny.

    12. LZeph says:

      The poll only asked 1000 people, which isn't very many when talking about the opinions of everyone in America. And yes, 2/3rds supported the idea of only raising the debt ceiling if there was a plan to reduce the deficit dramatically… but an even greater majority opposed cuts to Medicare and other areas of public spending and most of the respondents thought that tax raises were necessary. That is very different from supporting the CCB bill, and very VERY different from supporting the stance that the Republicans are stonewalling over!
      Picking one result out of a detailed poll is poor reporting.

    13. Bobbie says:

      what the heck did I do wrong? truth telling?

    14. KarenShazam says:

      If 66% of Americans support CCB, then 66% of Americans don't understand what they are supporting, or don't understand basic economics in general. Period.

    15. Alessio says:

      Republicans are eating their own. Turning on the very people who put them in office in November. This is disgusting to watch. The speaker thinks that by compromising we have a better shot at the White House and Senate next election? Forget it. We in the tea party have long memories, and we can remove you freshmen in the House and you establishment Republicans just as fast as we put you in. If this many people support CCB, then why don't you fight for it instead of eating your family!? Disgusting Mr. Speaker and the rest of you who are folding like cheap cameras.

    16. Theresa Kleinpetr says:

      What is the average American to think? Who is being honest and giving accurate facts? the Democrats say one thing and the Republicans another. When Obama speaks most say it is full of rhetoric and untruths. What kind of leadership does this country have? I thought the President and Congress was voted to be or the people of the United States and do everything possible to save our country both financially and protectively. We can't keep spending and borrowing money, we must cut spending and support the cut, cap and balance plan.

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    18. Duane Spencer says:

      Government pass payroll tax cuts today, deadlines for changes to pay today,some employers,stop playing politics,we are suffering out here

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