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Voters Oppose a Business as Usual Debt Ceiling Hike Posted on May 31, 2011 | Polling Analysis


This week the House of Representatives will consider President Obama’s request to raise the federal debt limit without any preconditions related to limiting spending. This policy, the so-called “clean” debt ceiling hike, is opposed by 9 in 10 voters, according to a Resurgent Republic survey conducted jointly with the American Action Forum.


The national electorate is increasingly concerned about the economy, job growth, and the mounting federal debt, and as result, voters no longer view an increase in the debt limit as an inconsequential, procedural vote.


Yet 6 in 10 House Democrats support raising the debt limit without any accompanying spending cuts or budgetary reforms, a business-as-usual position that strongly cuts against the grain of public opinion.


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When presented with three options, only 11 percent of voters support raising the debt limit without preconditions, and Independents and Democrats offer faint support for this policy:



When presented with two options giving opposing arguments, a majority of voters in all three partisan groups wants any increase in the debt limit tied to specific cuts in federal spending.



Congressman A says that Congress needs to raise the debt ceiling, because it is the only responsible thing to do. Tying the debt increase to spending cuts is just a political move by politicians who do not want to raise taxes on the wealthy.


Congressman B says that any increase in the federal debt limit should be tied to specific cuts in federal spending. We have got to stop spending money we don't have.




Those who oppose tying spending cuts and budgetary reforms to any debt ceiling increase are at odds with Republicans, Independents, and Democrats alike.