Weekends with Alex Witt | February 23, 2013
>>> six days until the sequester. the latest poll numbers show the majority of americans want to postpone the massive federal budget cuts to allow the economy to keep recovering. joining me now nbc political deputy editor alec demonte. 54% in favor of postpones the requester. 40% say go through with it. how much is public sentiment swaying this debate in washington?
>> i don't know if it's swaying it very much. if you look at house republicans, they're dug in on this. they don't want to add any revenue on what they feel like they've compromised on with allowing taxes to go up during the fiscal cliff debate. they have to look out for the primaries. they feel like they're going to give more revenue then they're potentially vulnerable to a primary challenge .
>> you know the ideology that people don't want to touch entitlements at all. in fact, the majority of people feel overhauling social security and med case, that's necessary to try to reduce the deficit. what are the chances of any of that happening in a substantial way?
>> you know, i think it's something that a lot of folks have talked about. republicans have certainly would like have liked president obama to put on the table specific cuts to med fair or social security . chained cpi as something he'd like to do or possibly be open to doing. wants to put much on the table for medicare specifically for fear of 0 goinged on the other side. that needs to be addressed. but when you look at what it means in real life . this is a lot of people who have paid into the system who feel like they haven't gotten a break their entire lives. they're not getting any loopholes.
>> they want what is due for them?
>> right. and this is the one thing they've paid into their entire lives and if they're going to retire after a long time at work, they want this to be available for them.
>> can i ask you quick about approval ratings . because the press has got a 51 approval rating in the latest " usa today "/pew poll. but democrats, 55%, yikes.
>> republican, still the brand is not very good. that is part of why president obama is trying to play the pr battle to make sure he wins this public relations battle going forward.
>> domenico mont narrow in washington,