Yet again our honey-tongued President will have an opportunity to present an unpopular case to a distrustful public:
Poll: 44 percent of Americans oppose raising debt ceiling
Americans overwhelmingly do not think Congress should raise the nation’s debt limit as President Barack Obama and Congress prepare once again to wage battle over the issue, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
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.
Hmm. I wonder whether 44 percent of the public favors eating in a restaurant and then refusing to pay when the check is presented. The article does note that Obama et al were able to swing the public in 2011:
McInturff also points out that the president has the capability to frame a public debate in ways that can reshape attitudes about an issue.
Indeed, the June 2011 NBC/WSJ poll showed 39 percent opposing raising the debt ceiling, versus 28 percent who supported it. But a month later – after the issue received more attention – those numbers flipped: 38 percent favored raising it, while 31 percent opposed it.
To be fair, this poll question may be far too simplistic. A case could be made (and some Republicans are making it) that the debt ceiling should only be raised as part of a broader deal addressing future deficits; Team Obama is currently insisting that budget deals can't be linked to the debt ceiling. So maybe some of the 44% oppose an unconditional increase in the debt ceiling.
However, as much as I am disinclined to agree with Obama, if the threat to default is credible then it is crazy; if it is not credible, then it is Obama-esque (although I suppose Tea Partiers could insist that the world drew that red default line.)
We finally have an economy that is limping out of intensive care; this is a heck of a time to kick its crutches.