U.S. Politics Jul. 18, 2011

Public Split Evenly on Urgency of Debt Limit Deadline

Most Republicans say that it will not be a major problem if the debt ceiling is not raised by Aug. 2, while the balance of opinion is the reverse among Democrats.

U.S. Politics Jul. 18, 2011

Obama Draws More Confidence than Boehner, McConnell or Cantor on Debt Ceiling

Americans have more confidence in President Obama than other key players to do the right thing on the debt issue, but that amounts to only about half of the public. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor gets the lowest vote of confidence, although that is partly because he is less well-known.

U.S. Politics Jul. 14, 2011

The Debt Ceiling Showdown – Where the Public Stands

The nation is headed toward a possible government default on Aug. 2 if no agreement is reached to raise the debt ceiling.

U.S. Politics Jul. 11, 2011

Public Now Divided on Debt Limit Debate

While a plurality of Americans still believe raising the debt limit is a greater concern than the prospect of a government default, the percentage of those worried more about a default has grown since May.

U.S. Politics Jul. 7, 2011

Public Wants Changes in Entitlements, Not Changes in Benefits

The public sees the need for changes to improve the performance and finances of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid but does not support reductions in benefits. Republicans have divisions in their ranks on entitlement reforms.

U.S. Politics Jun. 30, 2011

U.S. Seen as Among the Greatest Nations, But Not Superior to All Others

Despite the struggling economy and broad dissatisfaction with national conditions, the public has a positive view of the United States’ global standing. But more think that the U.S. is one of the greatest countries in the world than say it stands above all other countries.

U.S. Politics Jun. 20, 2011

More Say GOP Would Be Mainly Responsible If No Increase In Debt Limit

Partisans express strong opinions about which side would be most responsible if no agreement is reached before the debt limit is hit.

U.S. Politics Jun. 7, 2011

More Blame Wars than Domestic Spending or Tax Cuts for Nation’s Debt

Public concern about the budget deficit has increased since the end of last year. Proposals to reduce it by raising taxes on the rich and corporations are popular.

U.S. Politics Jun. 6, 2011

Opposition to Ryan Medicare Plan from Older, Attentive Americans

There is broad, and strong, opposition to the proposal among older Americans and those who are paying a lot of attention to the issue.

U.S. Politics May. 24, 2011

More Concern about Raising Debt Limit than Government Default

By a 48%-to-35% margin, Americans say their greater concern is that raising the debt limit would lead to higher government spending and a larger national debt than that not raising the limit would force the government into default and hurt the nation’s economy.