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Polling Suggests Republican Debt Limit Talking Points Resonating With Public


A widely shared CNN poll released yesterday found that 60% of Americans would only support raising the debt limit if spending cuts were attached. Only 24% of respondents to the CNN poll supported raising the debt limit “no matter what.”

  • CNN: "These findings come amid widespread doubts about the nation’s political leaders more broadly. Few Americans say that Biden (31%) or the Republican leaders in the House of Representatives (29%) have the right priorities. Among independents, 60% say that neither Biden nor GOP leaders are paying enough attention to the country’s most pressing problems."
  • A separate survey from NPR/Marist found that Americans are divided on who they would blame if the US were to default. NPR: “45% said Republicans and 43% said Biden. But independents said they would blame Biden, by a 47%-to-38% margin.”

Figure 1: Who Would be to Blame if the US Were to Default?

Source: NPR/PBS/Marist

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