John Hinderaker notes that Americans are “ready to take on the deficit.” The numbers are extremely high, but the problem is in the details. In other polls, respondents have been against cutting pretty much anything except foreign aid (which makes up a laughably small percentage of the deficit). To get anywhere near fiscal solvency would require cuts on the order of 15-20% for pretty much all programs and the elimination of a number of others. Once you start talking about what it would take to get the public fisc in order, approval ratings drop considerably.
On the other hand, given the inability of the Left to stick Republicans as being monsters for wanting to engage in a limited form of fiscal sanity, maybe things are changing just a little bit.