Gallup: Massive Majority of Republicans Across Country Disapprove Debt Deal

August 4, 2011 - 7:38 AM

House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.0

House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) stands behind Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.). (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(CNSNews.com) - By a margin of 64 percent to 26 percent, Republicans across the country say they disapprove of the debt-limit legislation that Republican congressional leaders finalized this week with Democratic congressional leaders and President Barack, according to a new Gallup poll.

By an almost identical margin of 64 percent to 25 percent conservatives disapproved of the deal also.

Independents also disapproved of the deal 50 percent to 33 percent, according to Gallup.

By contrast, Democrats approved the deal 58 percent to 28 percent and liberals approved it 51 percent to 35 percent.

Overall, Americans disapproved of the legislation, 46 percent to 39 percent, said Gallup.

A plurality of Americans also said they believe the deal will make the U.S. economy worse. Gallup asked: "What effect do you think the agreement will have on the U.S. economy--will it make the economy better, not have much effect, or will it make the economy worse?"

Overall, 41 percent of Americans said it would make the economy worse, while only 17 percent said it would make the economy better. 33 percent said it would have no effect.

Among Republicans, 49 percent said it would make the economy worse, 8 percent said it would make the economy better and 37 percent said it would have no effect.

Even among Democrats and liberals, more people thought the deal would make the economy worse rather than better. Among Democrats, 33 percent said it would make the economy worse, 29 said it would make the economy better, and 32 percent said it would have no effect. Among liberals, 36 percent said it would make the economy worse, 22 percent said it would make the economy better and 37 percent said it would have no effect.

Among conservatives, 54 percent said it would make the economy worse, 10 percent said it would make the economy better, and 32 percent said it would have no effect.