National Survey of
1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted January 9-10, 2013
By Rasmussen Reports
1* How closely have you followed news stories about the raising the debt ceiling?
2* How likely is it that the debt ceiling will be raised before the government begins defaulting on its debts?
3* Should Congress and the president raise the debt ceiling so that the government can pay for the commitments it has already made?
4* Should any deal to raise the debt ceiling include long-term reforms to reduce the deficit by cutting the cost of entitlement programs including Social Security and Medicare?
5* What is the best approach for dealing with the debt ceiling issue? Should the debt ceiling be raised without any significant spending cuts, should it be raised as part of a deal to reduce the long-term cost of entitlement programs, or should the debt ceiling remain unchanged so that the government will default on its debt?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence