Ipsos/Reuters Debt Poll: July 2011
Washington, DC - An overnight Ipsos poll, carried out on behalf of Reuters and published today, shows a very high level of concern among Americans about the Debt crisis. The public wants to see a mixed solution with some cuts and some tax increases; fewer than a third (31%) of Americans say that a non-mixed solution (either ALL cuts or ALL tax hikes) is best.
It appears that Republicans may be suffering most from the failure of these negotiations so far – they are seen as most to blame for the failure of the talks, and the public also believe that they should be the ones giving the most ground in order to reach a solution.
A summary of the poll’s findings is below:
- The public is overwhelmingly concerned about this issue: 83% say they are ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ concerned (over half – 54% – are ‘very’ concerned)
- Democrats are significantly more concerned (89%) compared to Republicans (77%) or Independents (76%) – however, it is clear that concern remains high across all parties.
- Almost a third (31%) of Americans blame Republican lawmakers most for the failure of the debt talks so far, followed by a quarter (24%) who blame ‘all three’ (Reps, Dems, Obama) equally, and one in five (21%) who blame President Obama. Just 9% blame Democrat lawmakers for the failure of the debt talks.
- Not surprisingly, Democrats are more likely to blame Republican lawmakers (58%), while Republicans are most likely to blame Obama (39%) and Democrat lawmakers (25%). Independents, a crucial group in the run-up to 2012, are most likely to blame ‘all three’ (35%) or to be unsure where the blame lies (16% say ‘Unsure’ or ‘Refused’).
- Americans think that Republican lawmakers should give the most ground (29%) in order to reach a deal, followed by President Obama (25%).
- For the last question, we asked about solutions to reducing the deficit, and whether it is better to cut programs, raise taxes, or do some combination of the two. The majority (56%) of Americans want to see a combined solution to the deficit problem. We also ‘pushed’ those who said they wanted a combined solution, asking them which solution they think is best: views are fairly evenly divided, with almost half (49%) of those advocating a mixed solution lean towards cutting programs, and 43% lean towards raising taxes.
More data and full technical details are available in the topline document.
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