Republicans have also formed the main resistance to President Barack Obama's financial reform package, and to a new stimulus package. Previously, the Republicans have either voted for or supported these very same types of legislation but now they often used the deficit as a reason for their opposition.
One might wonder why the Republicans would obstruct in these areas since it could anger voters, but there is a general knowledge out there that the president will most likely take the blame when things fail. Unfortunately, many American voters do not understand sufficiently how the system works, and even many that do still expect Obama to "twist arms" to get things done.
With census jobs and stimulus programs expiring, the failure to extend unemployment benefits will create a tremendous amount of pressure on an already fragile economy. And this could be blamed mostly on the president by some voters.
The job for the Democrats is either informing the uninformed, or reasoning with those who may be expecting too much.