Americans Oppose Raising Debt Ceiling, 47% to 19%

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    for what its worth, one poll.

    Giethner has been massaging the actual drop dead date.

    Look for more of that based on whether Obama thinks he winning the argument or not.

    Americans Oppose Raising Debt Ceiling, 47% to 19%
    Thirty-four percent don't know enough about the issue to say
    by Dennis Jacobe, Chief Economist

    PRINCETON, NJ -- By a 47% to 19% margin, Americans say they would want their member of Congress to vote against raising the U.S. debt ceiling, while 34% don't know enough to say. Republicans oppose raising the debt ceiling by 70% to 8% and independents by 46% to 15%. Democrats favor raising the ceiling by 33% to 26%.


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    May 2011: Americans' Feelings About Raising the Federal Debt Ceiling, Among All Americans and by Party ID

    These results are based on a May 5-8 Gallup poll, which asked Americans about the issue but did not offer reasons for or against raising the debt ceiling. The Congress is generally expected to pass debt ceiling legislation, although it is unclear what additional provisions will be needed in order to secure passage.

    Majority of Americans Are Following Debt Ceiling Issue

    A majority of Americans (57%) say they are closely following the news about "discussions to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, the maximum amount of money the U.S. government can borrow by law." Republicans are following the issue more closely than are Democrats and independents; upper-income Americans are following it more closely than lower-income Americans; and those with a postgraduate education more so than those with a high school education or less.

    Americans Oppose Raising Debt Ceiling, 47% to 19%


    thoughts of mine-

    a)theres a LOT of room for persuasion in that 34%, Obama needs them, badly.

    b)the number of Indies at 46% is big and the one Obama will be watching as well.

    c) the dems will lose the argument, and they will lose it becasue they cannot be flexible, they are are ideologically wed to entitlements and distributional gov. machinations...thats not a knock, it is what it is folks.

    They will lose the Public Opinion battle becasue no matter what games they play, they have offered NOTHING substantive as in, logical and serious as to cuts and NOTHING in the biggest and most meaningful area for cuts, that we all know exists- entitlements......even if one disagrees with a/the rep plan, or suggestions for cits, they, have offered one and they are seen as the drivers right now to contain costs etc etc etc..this is resonating, like it or not.

    People, namely indies and centrist dems will and appear to be already there or trending ) get tired of the games of the political BS, blaming the reps for wanting to kill granny, rob SS etc etc etc .... this won't fly the way it did in the 90's, the circumstances are way to dire and everyone but the 20% or so ( which exist on each side) who are party whores, knows it.
     
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    Actually americans think they oppose raising the debt ceiling. Do not raise it and see how long it takes the whine to rise to loud levels.
     
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    It's truly sad that this number of people don't get that the debt ceiling and future budget cutting are two separate issues.

    Who could be a trusted and reliable spokesperson to explain it to the masses who don't understand? Obviously the Republican and Democrat leaders have failed, as have 24/7 news media.
     
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    This will change.

    The Rs wont even be willing to hold to this utterly moranic idea.
     
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    I don't think anyone is actually foolish enough to oppose raising the ceiling. I think a more honest question would be posed as "do you oppose raising the debt ceiling without real and substantial cuts in government spending"

    Too many poll questions resemble that "have you stopped beating your wife" kinds of things where you can't give a rational answer
     
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    So you want the recovering economy to lose even more jobs?
     
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    This, truthmatters, is the reason you get so many rasberries. I don't believe we can run deficits to make the economy healthier. Insane levels of spending on busy work does not make for prosperity.

    If you are willing to argue that running your credit card to the max makes you better off then you are beyond hope.
     
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    Your home budget is not the same as a countries economy.

    Now tell me when you are trying to pay off bills do you decrease your income to facilitate that?

    Do you tell your fellow family members to quit their jobs thinking it will help?
     
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    Actually some of us are that "foolish". I would LOVE to see the US Government default. What's China going to do, repossess California?.... Let them have it.

    MAYBE, JUST MAYBE then the average sniveling, panty-waisted, gutless scumball who calls themselves an American these days will have to start to man up and do something for themselves rather than looking to the Government and others for everything.
     
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    What are your predictions of the impact on the global economy and our own?
     

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