They won't say so, but how else to interpret these polling results:
But you can't get anywhere near fiscal balance by slashing domestic discretionary spending. What we see here is the total failure of the president to make the case for fiscal reform and the utter failure of the Republicans to be honest with the public about what needs to be done.
So on this question, Americans have rightly observed that there is now little difference between Obama and the GOP on the deficit. Both parties are utterly unserious. And neither wants to take the heat for being honest.