Is Gingrich competitive with Obama? Newt Gingrich’s precipitous rise to the top tier in the race for the GOP nomination begs a key question: How would he fare against President Obama? Polls this month show that Gingrich trails Obama by anywhere from two to 12 percentage points in a general election matchup among registered voters (the two-point deficit is within the poll’s margin of error). That’s a fairly wide variance -- fitting for a hypothetical contest almost a year away.
GOP candidate Mitt Romney ranges from a four-point deficit to a four-point lead against Obama in the same November polls. Candidate Herman Cain trails Obama by at least eight points in each poll.
Americans support compromise, but on what? With the congressional “supercommittee” struggling to reach an agreement to tame the debt by next week’s deadline, a heavy majority of the public still believes that mixing spending cuts with tax increases is the best approach, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Thursday. Nearly two in three Americans say they want lawmakers who share their views to “compromise, even if they strike a deal you disagree with,” compared with fewer than three in 10 who want them to stick to their principles even if no progress is made.”
Asked about specific deficit-cutting provisions for the supercommittee, a McClatchy-Marist poll released Thursday finds, 81 percent of voters say members should not include major cuts in Social Security and Medicare, and 59 percent oppose higher taxes on business. A bare majority opposes major cuts in defense spending (51 percent), but fully two-thirds support including tax hikes on higher-income Americans in a deal.