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- April 28, 2011

Only One In Ten Americans Agree With Obama That The Debt Ceiling Should Be Increased Without Serious Spending Cuts

AMERICANS OPPOSE RAISING THE DEBT CEILING WITHOUT SERIOUS CUTS IN GOVERNMENT SPENDING

Only 11 Percent Of Americans Agree With Obama And Think The Ceiling Should Be Raised Without Spending Cuts Attached. “Obama’s position is supported by only 1 out of every 10 voters, the least popular of three options presented in the survey.” (Peter Roff, “Poll Shows Obama Is Losing The Debt Ceiling Debate,”U.S. News & World Report4/27/11; Resurgent Republic, 1000RV, MoE 3.1%, 4/17-20/11)

  • A Plurality Of Americans Would Support Raising The Debt Limit If Spending Cuts And A Commitment To Reduce The Deficit Was Attached. (Resurgent Republic, 1000RV, MoE 3.1%, 4/17-20/11)

BUT OBAMA WANTS A “CLEAN” VOTE SO HE HAS A FREE HAND TO KEEP SPENDING

“Obama Told The AP Without Doubt: ‘We Will Raise The Debt Limit. We Always Have. We Will Do It Again.’” (Ben Feller, “Obama Debt Ceiling Warning: Raise Limit Or Risk Global Recession,” The Associated Press4/15/11)

The Obama Administration Is Telling Congress To Forget About Adding Spending Cuts And Other Provisions To The Debt Ceiling Vote. “The administration has maintained for months that Congress should not attach other provisions to a vote to increase the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, which it expects to hit in mid-May.” (Peter Schroeder, “White House: Obama Hasn't Changed On 'Clean' Debt Vote,” The Hill’s “On The Money” Blog, 4/15/11)

“White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Said It Is ‘Imperative’ That A Debt-Limit Vote Not Be ‘Held Hostage To Any Other Action, Because Of The Consequences Of Not Raising The Debt Ceiling.’” (Peter Schroeder, “White House: Obama Hasn't Changed On 'Clean' Debt Vote,” The Hill’s “On The Money”Blog, 4/15/11)

Obama’s OMB Director Jack Lew: "Our Very Strong View Is That The Debt Limit Should Be Passed As A Clean, Standalone Bill." (Peter Schroeder, “White House: Obama Hasn't Changed On 'Clean' Debt Vote,” The Hill’s “On The Money” Blog, 4/15/11)

WHICH MAY BE WHY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON’T TRUST OBAMA ON THE DEFICIT

Debt Be Not Proud: Voters Sour On Obama’s Economic Leadership.” (Michael Falcone And Amy Walter, “Debt Be Not Proud: Voters Sour On Obama’s Economic Leadership,” ABC’s “The Note” Blog, 4/19/11)

59 Percent Of Americans Disapprove Of Obama’s Handling Of The Deficit. (New York Times/CBS News Poll, 1224A, MoE 3%, 4/15-20/11)

57 Percent Of Americans Disapprove Of Obama’s Handling Of The Economy. (New York Times/CBS News Poll, 1224A, MoE 3%, 4/15-20/11)

Americans Place Their Trust In Republicans, 46 Percent, Over Obama, 40 Percent, When It Comes To The National Debt.  (Washington Post/ABC News Poll, 1001 A, MoE 3.5%,4/14-17/11)


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