Gallup: 62 Percent of Americans Support 2011 Budget Deal

April 15, 2011 - 6:49 PM

John Boehner and Harry Reid

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) at the White House on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. (AP photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) – Sixty-two percent of Americans support the last-minute 2011 federal spending deal struck by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and President Barack Obama, according to a Gallup survey.

The compromise would cut $38.5 billion from an estimated $3.6 trillion budget for fiscal year 2011 – about one percent of the entire federal budget.

Majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents favor the deal by strong margins, Gallup found in its April 13 survey. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans joined 60 percent of Independents and 71 percent of Democrats in supporting the budget compromise.

Minorities of each group opposed the deal, with more Republicans opposing it than any other group. In all, only 25 percent of Americans opposed the deal, led by 32 percent of Republicans, 25 percent of Independents, and 18 percent of Democrats.

The public was split on which side ultimately won the debate over the deal, however, with a majority saying that the compromise was a win for neither Republicans nor Democrats.

Fifty-six percent of respondents gave political credit to neither party, revealing near-equal shares of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents had reached the same conclusions that neither side had gotten the better of the other in the fight over 2011 spending.

Republicans were more likely to credit their own side with a political victory with 16 percent of Republicans saying the deal represented a GOP victory. Only six percent of Democrats thought their side had won the debate.

Democrats were more likely to say that both sides won, with 24 percent saying the deal was a bipartisan victory, something for which only 19 percent of Independents and 17 percent of Republicans agreed.

The future of GOP-planned spending cuts looked less clear, however, as voters were split on whether further cuts should be made to domestic spending programs. That split was driven largely by independent voters who seem unsure whether the government should continue to cut spending.

Independents split 48 to 44 percent against further domestic spending cuts, indicating that if the GOP plans to push for further spending cuts, as Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget does, then the GOP is going to have to work to convince independents of the need for the cuts.

According to the poll, Republicans were overwhelmingly in favor of more spending cuts – splitting 64 to 31 percent – and Democrats were heavily against them, splitting 60 to 31 percent.