Most Americans oppose debt ceiling deal: poll

08:32, August 03, 2011      

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A majority of Americans disapprove of the deal struck Sunday by President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders, a new CNN poll showed Tuesday.

Fifty-two percent of those polled said they oppose the compromise plan that would significantly cut federal spending while raising the government's borrowing limit to avoid a potentially catastrophic default. Forty-four percent said they are in favor of the deal.

While none of Obama, Congressional Republican leaders and Congressional Democratic leaders got a mostly favorable opinion from the public in their handling of the debt talks, Obama won a better score compared to the other two, the poll indicated.

Fifty-three percent of those polled said they disapprove of the president's dealing with the debt talks, much lower than those who said the same of Republican leaders (68 percent) and Democratic leaders (63 percent).

Seventy-seven percent of respondents said elected officials who have dealt with the debt ceiling acted like spoiled children. Just 17 percent believe the politicians have acted like responsible adults.

The compromise plan, which have cleared both the House and Senate, would raise the debt ceiling by at least 2.1 trillion dollars and cut spending of roughly 2.4 trillion dollars over 10 years.

The survey suggested there is no apparent winner in this high- stakes debt fight and the public is getting more tired of politics in Washington.

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