Many Oppose Raising the Debt Ceiling
Posted at 9:36 a.m. on Sept. 13
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll find that Americans overwhelmingly do not think Congress should raise the nation’s debt limit as President Obama and Congress prepare once again to wage battle over the issue.
By a 44% to 22% margin, Americans “oppose raising the debt ceiling, which again puts the president in the difficult position of needing to make the case for an unpopular policy with a deadline quickly approaching.”
First Read: “However, Obama and others have power to change attitudes here. In the June 2011 NBC/WSJ poll, Americans were against raising the debt ceiling by a 39%-28% margin. But a month later — after significant attention to the issue — those numbers flipped: 38% said the debt ceiling SHOULD be raised, versus 31% who said it SHOULD NOT. The question is if the president still has the juice to turn those numbers around.”