Americans oppose raising the debt ceiling

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Though most members of Congress are focused on funding the federal government for another year, there is another battle on the horizon — raising the federal debt ceiling, which will be reached mid-next month.

House Republicans want some sort of a trade off from the White House to raise the debt ceiling, currently at $16.7 trillion, either further spending cuts or concessions on ObamaCare, and are tossing around the idea of holding a clean vote on the measure to show that there isn’t support for it inside the chamber. The White House, however, isn’t interested in having a debate on raising the debt ceiling.

Disagreement on how to approach the issue could lead to a stalemate similar to what the country saw in 2011 when Congress passed the Budget Control Act, a compromise between the Congress and the White House that led to the sequester.

But two new polls show that Americans are opposed to raising the debt ceiling.

NBC News and the Wall Street Journal released a poll at the end of last week showing that a plurality of Americans oppose raising the debt limit, at 44/22.

Though opposition is strong, NBC News notes that President Obama will be able to frame the debate over the issue, giving him an advantage over House Republicans who have frequently been unable to frame a coherent message.

Separately, a poll from Reason-Rupe shows that 70% of Americans oppose raising the debt limit, with only 24% in support. Opposition is broad and bipartisan, with 83% of Republicans, 59% of Independents, and 59% of Democrats against raising the debit limit.

When asked if they would support raising the debt limit ¬†with equal amounts of budget cuts, 45% said “yes,” but 46% still oppose raising the debt limit. Fifty-five percent (55%) say they would oppose raising the debt limit even if it means that the United States defaults on its debt obligations.

Foreshadowing another debt limit showdown, the House passed a measure back in May — the Full Faith and Credit Act — that would require the Treasury Department to prioritize debt service and Social Security payments to keep the United States’ credit rating intact. The Senate, however, will not act on the measure.


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