IBD/TIPP Poll: 70% Oppose Raising Debt Ceiling

February 9, 2011 10:00

Memo to the White House and Congress — a new IBD/TIPP Poll says the vast majority of Americans want you to be fiscally responsible. The depth of feeling is so great, in fact, that your jobs may depend on it. – IBD

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In a survey of 915 adults taken from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, the IBD/TIPP Poll shows an overwhelming 70% agree that “Congress should not increase the debt limit.” That’s a stunning number, when you think about it.

Just 25% say they would raise the debt limit. Even a majority of Democrats — 55% — say raising the limit is a bad idea (see chart below). Some 86% of Republicans and 74% of independents agree.

Why? By telling Washington not to lift the debt limit beyond $14 trillion, average Americans can force Congress and the White House to be fiscally responsible. That is, Congress will have no choice but to slash spending — including entitlements — if the debt ceiling isn’t raised.


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