Greenberg-Quinlan-Rosner reports big movement in public opinion (in 50 contested Congressional districts currently held by Republicans) on proposed Republican budget cuts:
These battleground voters are currently split on the Republican plan to cut domestic programs by $61 billion, with 46 percent in favor and 46 percent opposed. This would be a dramatic decline in support from January when Democracy Corps found 60 percent support for the Republicans’ budget cuts.
And after a balanced debate on the issue, support for the Republican budget plan drops sharply, to 41 percent, with a 52 percent majority opposed. The more voters hear from the Republicans on this issue, the less they like. In fact, after hearing the budget debate, 53 percent agree, the more they hear from Republicans like their incumbent, “the less I like.” Just 39 percent say the more they hear, “the more I like.” And this is reflected in the vote, as it moves a net of 5 points towards the Democrats, giving them a 47 to 44 percent lead on the ballot.
GQR is a Democratic pollster, but I’ve found their polls of “battleground” Congressional districts to be very good (they don’t always present “good news”). I think Obama and Harry Reid can face Republicans down on the budget impasse, if they stick to their guns.