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Majority Of Americans Oppose Raising Debt Ceiling, Gallup Poll Shows

May 16, 2011 by  

Majority Of Americans Oppose Raising Debt Ceiling, Gallup Poll Shows

On Friday, Gallup released the results of a new poll showing that a majority of Americans are against raising the debt ceiling.

The poll results showed that 47 percent of all Americans would vote against raising the debt ceiling. Of those responding negatively, 70 percent were Republicans, 46 percent were Independent and 26 percent were Democrats.

“The public’s perceptions are clearly negative, suggesting the debt ceiling vote is a political hurdle lawmakers will need to overcome,” Gallup said in its report. “Americans are more likely to oppose than favor raising the debt ceiling, regardless of how closely they are following the news about the issue. Among the 23 percent who are following the debt ceiling discussion very closely, 62 percent are opposed and 25 percent are in favor of raising the current ceiling.”

Gallup also noted that, despite public opposition, “Congress is generally expected to pass debt ceiling legislation.”

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