Steve Benen has picked up on a piece of news from CNN and has created a chart to celebrate.
"This is the first time a CNN poll found most Americans considering either party too extreme," Benen comments. "It's one thing for voters to think you're wrong; it's worse when they think you're radical."
It probably doesn't help that House Speaker John Boehner, who's leading GOP fiscal cliff negotiations with the president, is held in fairly low regard, particularly in comparison to Obama. According to the poll, 34% of the public approves of how the top Republican in the House handling his job. By contrast, the president's approval rating stands at 52%.
"Small wonder that nearly half say they have more confidence in President Obama than in the congressional Republicans and that nearly half (48%) would blame the GOP if the fiscal cliff occurs," adds [CNN Polling Director Keating] Holland.
Thirty-seven percent said they would blame the president more, with 11% saying they would point fingers at both sides equally if no agreement is struck to avert falling off the fiscal cliff. ...CNN