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Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 08/03/2011

Poll suggests distance between Democratic voters and liberal groups bashing debt deal

Much is being made of the anger on the political left over the debt-ceiling deal struck by President Obama. 

  Liberal interest groups are speaking out, promising to stage protests. Some wonder if Obama will be able to count on his liberal base turning out in next year’s election or even keeping up their political donations.

   The White House is taking heart from a  new Gallup survey measuring public reaction to the debt-ceiling deal. The poll finds that more Americans oppose than favor the deal. But then there’s this: Most Democrats and liberals support it.

   Fifty-eight percent of Democrats approve, compared to a little more than one-forth who don’t, while 51 percent of liberals back the deal and about a third don’t.

   True, those numbers aren’t exactly pretty for the president -- illustrating again that a large portion of the Democratic base is not in lock-step with him. But the data also offer a reminder that Democratic voters aren’t necessarily as quick to oppose an Obama compromise as are liberal interest groups that are speaking out so publicly.

   Independent voters, on the other hand, are a different story. The White House is keen to draw them back to the president’s column – but the Gallup survey finds that only a third of independents support the agreement, while half do not.

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