"DAMAGE CONTROL: Most Americans think both Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress are mishandling government spending, according to a new ABC News-Washington Post poll out this morning, but on the brink of across-the-board budget cuts, it's the GOP that receives disproportionately more flak, including from its own partisan and ideological base. ABC polling analyst Greg Holyk notes that while 52 percent of adults in the poll disapprove of Obama's handling of federal spending, that jumps to 67 percent disapproval for the GOP, a substantial 15-point gap in the president's favor. Majorities even of Republicans and conservatives rate the Republican Party negatively on its handling of the budget. Obama, by contrast, retains broad support in his partisan corner. And his approval among independents, though weak, is 13 percentage points better than the GOP's."