Poll: Americans Strongly Support Budget Deal, And Credit Dems For Averting Shutdown

Nearly six in ten Americans approve of the eleventh hour budget deal struck between Congress and the White House to avert a government shutdown, according to a CNN poll released on Monday. And what’s more, a plurality give Democrats the most credit for making it happen.

In the poll of American adults, 58% said they approved of the budget deal, compared to 38% who disapproved.

Additionally, the poll found that a 48% plurality of respondents credited Obama and Congressional Democrats the most for preventing a government shutdown. Thirty-five percent of respondents gave more credit to Republicans, while 11% thought both sides were equally responsible.While majorities of both Democrats and independents support the compromise, a plurality of Republicans dislike it, with fully half of them saying that their party gave up too much ground on the deal.

Democrats supported the compromise by a 66%-28% split, while independents backed it 56%-39%. But among Republicans, 47% saw the deal as a good thing, while 49% gave it a thumbs down because they felt the party had gotten the short end of the stick. Exactly 50% of Republicans said the party’s leaders had given up too much in the final deal.

That deal, announced about an hour before Friday’s midnight deadline, cuts roughly $39 billion from Obama’s initial 2011 budget proposal. Final details of the agreement have yet to be finalized, though a Republican backed rider that would have stripped all federal funding for Planned Parenthood — a provision many Democrats found intolerable — was reportedly removed to secure the deal.

The provision to defund Planned Parenthood was one of the biggest sticking points in crafting a final compromise. And according to the poll, Democrats may have won a political victory in getting it dropped, as a strong majority of respondents said they oppose that measure. Nearly two-thirds of respondents (65%) opposed eliminating federal funds for Planned Parenthood, versus only 34% who said that funding should be cut off.

The poll was conducted April 9-10 — the two days following the budget compromise — among 824 adults nationwide. It has a margin of error of 3.5%.