As Republican leaders gather to find the way forward, a new poll shows the tough sledding ahead.
While 63 percent of Americans say President Obama's policies would move the country in the right direction -- and 57 percent say that of Democratic leaders in Congress -- only 39 percent say so of GOP congressional leaders, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey.
The poll found that 53 percent of respondents believe the policies being proposed by Republicans would put the country on the wrong path. And 53 percent also blame Republicans and only 21 percent Democrats for the economic swoon.
Meanwhile, 37 percent say Obama's prescriptions have improved the economy, while 23 percent say his policies have made the economy worse, and 40 percent say they have had no impact.
UPDATE: This afternoon, the party leaders trashed a proposal to start calling their opponents the "Democrat Socialist" party.
The Associated Press reports that instead, they plan to vote on a resolution urging Americans to oppose the Democrats' "socialist" agenda. GOP Chairman Michael Steele and others had opposed the resolution urging the Democrats to change their name, calling it absurd.
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