Almost 3/4 Of GOP Voters Disagree With GOP Demands

July 13, 2011 5:05 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Speaker John Boehner

As tensions flare within the GOP over how to deal with the default crisis, party leaders have remained consistent about one thing: They will not support any deficit-reduction plan that increases tax revenues at all, even if it does so by closing wasteful loopholes. The Economist has described the GOP's inflexible position as "economically illiterate," but the Republicans have soldiered on, mistakenly confident that the American people are on their side. 

A new poll from Gallup confirms not only that Republicans do not have the American people on their side, but that Republicans do not even have Republican voters on their side. According to the poll, a scant 20 percent of Americans, and 26 percent of self-identified Republicans, agree with congressional Republicans' position that deficit-reduction should be accomplished through spending cuts only.

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has failed to convince his party to compromise and failed to convince the American people why they shouldn't, so it's no wonder that he's now resorting to political gimmicks and comparing President Obama to gelatinous desserts.