USA Today/Gallup have just released a new poll that shows the majority of Americans disapprove of how President Obama has handled the debt crisis:
Four in 10 Americans approve of the way Obama is dealing with Congress in the high-stakes battle to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion in borrowing authority, the poll shows.
Not that Congress fairs much better, because they don’t:
That compares with 31% who approve of the way Boehner, R-Ohio, is handling the debt-ceiling negotations and 23% for Reid, D-Nev.
The survey of 1,007 adults shows a majority — 52% — disapprove of the job Obama and Reid are handling the debt-limit negotiations. Boehner’s disapproval rating is 48%. More than 20% of Americans, though, don’t have an opinion on the way Boehner and Reid are dealing with the debt issue.
It seems to me that while the White House has consistently blamed the GOP for playing “political games” that it hasn’t escaped the attention of the American people that the President and Senate Democrats have been engaging in political games themselves, thus leaving the American people disapproving of both sides. If the president thought he could pass off his ineffectual leadership as Congressional disfunction, the American people don’t seem to be buying it.