Voters split on GOP, Obama plans for budget

Voters are split on whether Republicans or President Obama is best equipped to reduce the budget, a new poll found Monday.

According to the CNN/Opinion Research poll, 45 percent trust Republicans in Congress to handle reducing federal spending and almost exactly the same amount, 46 percent, trust Obama.

The results are a slight gain for Obama and Democrats since CNN/Opinion Research last asked that question in the middle of March. In that poll 47 percent trusted Republicans in Congress compared to 43 percent who trusted Obama.

The poll's results come as Democrats and Republicans continue to accuse each other of failing to compromise on a federal spending bill. Republicans have accused Democrats of failing to agree to a reasonable amount of spending cuts while Democrats have said Republicans proposals are too deep.

On Monday Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) accused the conservative Tea Party movement of blocking Republicans from agreeing to a compromise. Reid said an internal divide between Tea Party and "mainstream" Republicans is stopping legislators from crafting a long-term spending bill before the current continuing resolution expires April 8.

Additionally, the CNN poll found that 34 percent approve of the job Republican congressional leaders are doing while 64 percent disapprove. And 35 percent approve of the job Democratic leaders are doing compared to 62 percent who disapprove.

The poll was taken March 18 to 20 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.