A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released today mirrors recent surveys by Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University and the Pew Research Center/Washington Post in giving President Barack Obama the public-opinion edge in the effort to avoid more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending reductions scheduled to start next year.
If the White House and Congress fail to make a deal, 24 percent said they would blame congressional Republicans while 19 percent would blame Obama.
That’s a relatively small margin that may provide small solace for the president, given that a majority – 56 percent – said both sides would be responsible.
The poll’s respondents also said, by 38 percent to 19 percent, that they trusted Obama over the chief Republican negotiator in the budget talks, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. Another 14 percent said they trusted both equally, while 29 percent trusted neither.
Also buttressing Obama is a job approval rating of 53 percent, his highest figure in the NBC/Journal poll since January 2011.