Following yesterday's revelation that 552,462 individuals donated to President Obama's re-election campaign during the first quarter, shattering records previously set by the president in 2008, new polls out today reiterate the fact that the "the base" has not abandoned the president nor has public opinion concerning the economy dramatically shifted as some critics would have you believe.
Numbers out of Quinnipiac University Thursday morning indicated that 54 percent of Americans say Bush is to blame for exploding the federal deficit and swelling unemployment, whereas just 27 percent believe it is President Obama's fault. [...]
By and large, Americans told Quinnipiac that they trust Obama on the economy more than congressional Republicans, despite a growing dissatisfaction. Fourty-five percent also said they trust the president to help the U.S. economy, versus 38 percent who believe Republicans could do a better job.
The poll also found that voters will largely blame Republicans, rather than Obama, if the debt limit is not raised. A further 67 percent of respondents said any debt deal out of Washington must include tax hikes for the wealthiest Americans.
Meanwhile, Republican voters also overwhelmingly agree that any deficit reduction package should include tax increase.
According to a new Gallup poll, only one in five Americans agree with Congressional Republicans that deficit reduction should be based on spending cuts alone. That includes 74 percent of Republicans who agree that a responsible deficit reduction plan should include both tax increases and spending cuts.
This places congressional Republican well-outside of the mainstream of their own party. They've drank so much of their own bullshit-flavored Koolaid they can't see straight.
When it comes to "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory," this latest example, by Republicans, is unparalleled. The president offered the Republicans exactly what they wanted, but they rejected it because tax-hikes, which 74% of their own party agree should be included, have been deemed unacceptable.