Both Barack Obama and Harry Reid have declared that they won't negotiate the debt ceiling with republicans and nothing but free access to more debt is acceptable, while at the same time, they criticize republicans for refusing to negotiate. 61% of Americans say they want to see spending cuts accompany a raise in the debt ceiling. 28% are opposed to cuts. 3/4 of all republicans, 2/3 of independents and even a plurality of democrats agree that the debt ceiling should not be raised without spending cuts, even if it means default.
Sam Manders, a 29-year-old lacrosse coach from Gray, Maine, and a Democrat, was quoted as saying:
“Sometimes it can be hard to negotiate if Republicans are making irrational demands, but to say ‘I’m not going to talk at all’ -- I’ve just never found not negotiating to be an effective way to get something done.”
“Sitting down and actually figuring out what you can afford to lose and what you can’t is always going to be better than automatic cuts, but if they can’t do their jobs themselves, then we have to have another way of getting it done."
Currently, the administration and the republicans are caught up in a deadlock over the budget. Republicans want to defund Obamacare, while providing money to continue running the country until Dec 15th. There are only three more days in which they can act without worry of default.
The people polled do not want another Obama inspired sequester, with the majority of 56% saying that did more harm than good. They want to see targeted cuts. Some were upset by the sequester that saw the Obama administration cut White House tours for children, while lavish parties and exotic and expensive vacations were allowed to continue.
Apparently, the White House has not won the public relations on this one. 40% of the people blame republicans in congress, while 38% blame President Obama. In February, Obama had the advantage by 9 points.