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Questions - Debt Limit and Congress - July 30-31, 2011

62% Would Vote to Replace Entire Congress
Voters Divided Between Candidate Who Promises Debt Reduction with Only Spending Cuts and One Who Calls for “Balanced Approach”
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National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted July 30-31, 2011

By Rasmussen Reports


1* How confident are you that your representatives in Congress are actually representing your best interests?

2* Suppose you could vote in the next election on whether to get rid of the entire Congress and start over again. Would you vote to keep the entire Congress or get rid of the entire Congress?

3* Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: No matter how bad things are, Congress can always find a way to make them worse? 

4* Suppose in the race for Congress you had a choice between a candidate who said the federal debt should be reduced with spending cuts only and another candidate who said that a balanced approach including spending cuts and increased tax revenue is needed to reduce the federal debt. Other things being equal, which candidate would you be more likely to support?


5* Congress is nearing the debt ceiling deadline, and neither side has produced a plan that both the Senate and House can agree upon. If no agreement is reached, the government may default on its payment obligations. With the deadline nearing, would you rather see your representative in Congress vote for a disappointing bill that raises the debt ceiling and avoids the potential of default or vote against raising the debt ceiling and wait for a better bill?

 

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence