A CBS New York Times poll, conducted after the debt ceiling deal, shows that support for President Barack Obama is stagnating with an approval rating of about 48 percent, but support for the Tea Party has plunged.
In April 2010, 18 percent of Americans polled said they had an unfavorable view of the Tea Party. The most recent poll put the disapproval rating at 40 percent.
The poll also shows that while Obama’s ratings are nothing to brag about, he is well ahead of GOP House leader John Boehner and Congress in general.
The poll also indicates that a big majority of Americans think that job creation is more important than federal deficit-cutting, and 50 percent think the debt ceiling deal should have included steps to increase federal tax revenue. Sixty-three percent said taxes on wealthy households should be increased.
(My favorite part of the poll is where respondents were asked to describe their feelings about “the way things are going in Washington,” with “enthusiastic” being one of the choices. One percent chose “enthusiastic.” )