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Questions - Debt Ceiling - June 16-17, 2011

70% Say Default is Bad for Economy, 56% Say Failure to Cut Spending is Worse
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National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted June 16-17, 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?

3If the debt ceiling is not raised, the federal government will default on some of its loan obligations because it will not be able to make interest payments on the federal debt. If the government defaults on its debt, would that be good for the economy, bad for the economy, or have no impact on the economy?

4* Which is more dangerous in the short-term: the government defaulting on the federal debt or the failure to significantly cut government spending

5* Which is more dangerous in the long-term: defaulting on the federal debt or the failure to significantly cut government spending?

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