Scroll down to 3rd chart and story that Americans favor spending cuts by a 20 point margin, 55 to 35. On July 11 Obama said, "the public" knows less about the debt crisis than "professional politicians," and that "they shouldn't know."
7/18/11, "Americans Worry That Final Plan Won't Include Major Spending Cuts," Gallup Poll
(This chart is a subhead to a Gallup headline, "Americans, Including Republicans, Want Debt Compromise", subtitled in smaller letters:
- "But Americans also worry that such a plan might not include major spending cuts" Gallup by Frank Newport)
Americans appear to be saying to their elected representatives: Get an agreement done, even if it is not an ideal plan, but make sure it includes major spending cuts."...
7/11/11, "Obama: 'Professional Politicians' Understand Debt Crisis Better Than 'The Public'," CNS News, Eric Scheiner
"Obama responded: “Let me distinguish between professional politicians and the public at large. You know, the public is not paying close attention to the ins and outs of how a Treasury auction goes. They shouldn’t. They’re worrying about their family, they’re worrying about their jobs. They’re worrying about their neighborhood. They have got a lot of other things on their plate. We’re paid to worry about it.”...
Obama was responding to a question from CBS News Reporter Chip Reid. “The latest CBS News poll showed that only 24 percent of Americans said that you should raise the debt limit to avoid an economic catastrophe," said Reid. "There’s still 69 percent who oppose raising the debt limit. So, is it the problem that you and others have failed to convince the American people that we have a crisis here and how are you going to change that?”"...(video at link)
7/7/11, "Top Obama adviser says unemployment won't be key in 2012," The Hill, Ian Swanson
“The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers,” Plouffe said, according to Bloomberg. “People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on: ‘How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?’ ”"...
via Hot Air