The Pew Research Center has just released a new poll gauging public opinion on the deficit/debt ceiling issue. Here is a summary of some of the key findings:
68% of Americans (including 53% of Republicans) say they want their Senator and Representative to compromise to reach a deal. 53% of Tea Party supporters oppose any compromise. Americans support a compromise even if they disagree with some elements of the final deal.
Only 17% of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the country, down from 32% in May. That’s the lowest level of satisfaction this year.
50% believe the Republican Party is more extreme in its positions.
51% believe Democrats are more concerned with needs of people like them.
51% believe Democrats are more willing to work with opposition leaders.
65% believe their personal finances with be affected if the debt ceiling isn’t raised by August 2nd. Hispanics (72%), the elderly-65+ (71%) and Democrats (69%) are most concerned about the impact on their finances.
60% (including 46% of Republicans) say a combination of tax increases and spending cuts should be used to cut the deficit. Tea Party supporters favor spending cuts alone (52%).
Only 44% now approve of the job Obama is doing, down from 56% April. Democratic leaders and Republican leaders score even worse at 30% and 25% respectively.
Pew surveyed 1,501 adults July 20-24. The margin of error is +/- 3.5%.
Read the full results here: http://people-press.org/2011/07/26/public-wants-a-debt-ceiling-compromise-expects-a-deal-before-deadline/