Poll: Obama enjoys advantage in budget fight

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll out Tuesday indicates that President Obama is enjoying an increasing public opinion advantage over Congressional Republicans in the spending fight.

Republicans have lost ground in public trust to deal with the economy and budget, now trailing Obama by 12- and 9-point margins, respectively, the poll finds.

Overall, the public is not happy with either: 55 percent disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy and budget deficit alike.

But the poll notes in January, 42 percent of independents preferred the Republicans in Congress over Obama to handle the economy. Today just 29 percent say the same.
It notes 71 percent say the GOP is not willing enough to compromise with Obama on the deficit; that even includes 42 percent of Republicans. Fifty-two percent overall also say Obama isn’t willing enough to compromise

This is “still a majority, but a substantially smaller one,” the poll notes.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone March 10-13, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,005 adults. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.