House leadership seems convinced that the upcoming fight over the debt ceiling — rather than the continuing resolution to fund the government and prevent a government shutdown – is more favorable ground politically for the GOP to win concessions on Obamacare. Polling suggests they may be onto something. According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released today, Americans aren’t crazy about the idea of raising the debt ceiling:
By a 44-22 percent margin, Americans oppose raising the debt ceiling, which again puts the president in the difficult position of needing to make the case for an unpopular policy with a deadline quickly approaching.
The poll results come as the U.S. Treasury Department says the country will reach its debt limit by mid-October. The Bipartisan Policy Center estimates the limit will be reached by Oct. 18, and the U.S. could default by Nov. 5.
“People’s first instinct is how fed up they are with Washington and spending,” said Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the poll with Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart. “This is a very difficult issue in terms of public opinion.”
Meanwhile, a recent CNN poll found that 51 percent of Americans would blame Republicans in the event of a government shutdown, compared to just 33 percent who said they would blame President Obama.