National Survey of 1,000 Likely
Conducted April 21-22, 2011
By Rasmussen Reports
1* How closely have you followed recent news reports about the federal government debt ceiling?
2* Does an increase in the federal debt ceiling authorize the federal government to spend more money or have the spending levels already been set by Congress?
3* The federal debt ceiling is approximately $14 trillion. Does that include the cost of commitments the federal government has made for future retirement benefits, Social Security benefits, and Medicare benefits?
4* When measuring how much the federal government actually owes, should the cost of commitments the federal government has made for future retirement benefits, be included?
5* Is it true that most of today’s federal deficit is the result of spending commitments made by Congress in the 1960s and 1970s?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence