Bloomberg poll: 61% say Obama should negotiate on debt limit

Rick Moran
Even a plurality of Democrats support the idea of debt limit add ons:

Americans by a 2-to-1 ratio disagree with President Barack Obama's contention that Congress should raise the U.S. debt limit without conditions.

Instead, 61 percent say that it's "right to require spending cuts when the debt ceiling is raised even if it risks default," because Congress lacks spending discipline, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted Sept. 20-23.

That sentiment is shared by almost three-quarters of Republicans, two-thirds of independents, and a plurality of Democrats. Just 28 percent of respondents backed Obama's call for a clean bill that has no add-on provisions.

"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," Sam Manders, a 29-year-old lacrosse coach from Gray, Maine, and a Democrat, said in a follow-up interview.

"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," Manders added.

If Obama persists in this idea of not negotiating over the debt limit and there is some kind of default, it seems pretty clear that he will be in for the lion's share of blame.

The GOP has plans to offer further cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. But the public has also indicated that Obamacare delay or defunding should not be part of the negotiations. But that attitude may change if Obama continues to ignore Republican demands for talks.

Obama's arrogance on this issue could really cost him and his party next year.


Even a plurality of Democrats support the idea of debt limit add ons:

Americans by a 2-to-1 ratio disagree with President Barack Obama's contention that Congress should raise the U.S. debt limit without conditions.

Instead, 61 percent say that it's "right to require spending cuts when the debt ceiling is raised even if it risks default," because Congress lacks spending discipline, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted Sept. 20-23.

That sentiment is shared by almost three-quarters of Republicans, two-thirds of independents, and a plurality of Democrats. Just 28 percent of respondents backed Obama's call for a clean bill that has no add-on provisions.

"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," Sam Manders, a 29-year-old lacrosse coach from Gray, Maine, and a Democrat, said in a follow-up interview.

"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," Manders added.

If Obama persists in this idea of not negotiating over the debt limit and there is some kind of default, it seems pretty clear that he will be in for the lion's share of blame.

The GOP has plans to offer further cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. But the public has also indicated that Obamacare delay or defunding should not be part of the negotiations. But that attitude may change if Obama continues to ignore Republican demands for talks.

Obama's arrogance on this issue could really cost him and his party next year.