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Americans Want the Debt Ceiling Raised By Two To One Margin

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 By Bryan Bennett
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Key takeaways
  • Americans show signs of increasing pessimism about their personal financial situations and the economy overall.
  • A majority support raising the debt ceiling.
  • An effective progressive rebuttal to conservative criticisms of raising the debt ceiling focuses on the potential economic consequences including lost jobs and delayed payments to Americans, like Social Security and veterans’ benefits.

There Are Signs of Growing Pessimism on Personal Finances and the National Economy

There has been a 4-point increase in the share who rate the economy negatively since September 27th (from 68% to 72%) and a 4-point increase in the share who are “uneasy” about their personal finances (from 51% to 55%).

A Majority Support Congress Raising the Debt Ceiling

Nearly three in five Americans support Congress increasing the debt ceiling, including roughly the same share of economically persuadable Americans.

A Progressive Debt Ceiling Argument About Lost Jobs and Delayed Payments to Americans Is Most Compelling

Against a conservative argument that Democrats only want to raise the debt ceiling so they can spend more, progressive arguments about jeopardized payments like Social Security and future economic plans, as well as one about a potential economic shockwave plus jeopardized payments, are both effective – though the latter is slightly stronger.

About The Study

This release features findings from a national online survey of 1,001 registered voters conducted October 7-11, 2021. Additional interviews were conducted among 100 Hispanic voters, 100 African American voters, 100 independents without a partisan lean, and 73 Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.

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In a world where the news cycle is the length of a tweet, our leaders often lack the real-time public-sentiment analysis to shape the best approaches to talking about the issues that matter the most. Navigator is designed to act as a consistent, flexible, responsive tool to inform policy debates by conducting research and reliable guidance to inform allies, elected leaders, and the press. Navigator is a project led by pollsters from Global Strategy Group and GBAO along with an advisory committee, including: Andrea Purse, progressive strategist; Arkadi Gerney, The Hub Project; Joel Payne, The Hub Project; Christina Reynolds, EMILY’s List; Delvone Michael, Working Families; Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute; Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO; Jesse Ferguson, progressive strategist; Navin Nayak, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Stephanie Valencia, EquisLabs; and Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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