Obama Won't Get Budget Blame, Says Gallup

Should debt talks fail and the nation go into default, the public is more likely to blame Congress and the Republicans.

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Should debt talks fail and the nation go into default in two weeks, the public is more likely to blame Congress and the Republicans than President Obama, according to Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport.

"The Republicans will be blamed more than the Democrats" and Obama, he said today at a Christian Science Monitor newsmaker breakfast.

Obama will get dinged by the public, he added, but he said recent polling suggests that the public is split over blaming Obama. For example, when asked in a new poll if those involved in the debt ceiling debate were putting the nation's interests or their own first, Obama broke even, while 7 of 10 Americans believe Congress is putting its own interests first.

"Everything seems to come back that Obama is very well situated," said Newport.

He added that the public is paying attention to the debate and is up on many of the dueling deficit reduction plans. "Americans are fairly well informed," he said.

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