What is the "it" I reference above? The "it" is the Republican plan to reduce the deficit. People just are not buying or even liking their plan. Americans have already seen through the pandering of the Republican Party. They talk big about cutting the deficit and how Americans should not be having to pay for it. Yet when you look at their proposals Americans are in fact paying for it. Just because they would not be paying out of pocket does not mean they would not be paying for it in some fashion.
Among the favorite proposals of the Republican Party right now is raising the Social Security retirement age to 70. They say that this will help Social Security last longer. But the problem is not a lot of economist agree with them. Americans, for their part, are absolutely opposed to it. In a new poll that came out on the 12th 65% of those polled were against that to help the deficit with 52% being strongly opposed. Now why on earth would this group of Republicans that relied so heavily on the polls during the health care debate suddenly seem not interested in all at the polls? Because their extreme right base cares.
As you can see from the poll that was carried out by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research Americans do not exactly jump on board with Republicans ideas to cut the deficit. On the hotly debated question about whether the Bush-era tax cuts for those making over $250,000 should expire 54% of Americans favor that with 42% in the strongly favor category.
We shall see in the coming months whose ideas win out.