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Voters Expect Debt Ceiling To Be Raised, Doubt Long-Term Spending Will Be Cut

With less than five days left until the federal government could begin defaulting on its debts, voters continue to express unhappiness with both sides of the debt ceiling debate. While most voters continue to believe the debt ceiling will be raised before the government defaults, most don’t think the president and Congressional Republicans will agree on significant long-term spending cuts before the 2012 elections.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 70% believe it’s at least somewhat likely that the debt ceiling will be raised before the government begins defaulting on its debts. Only 18% don’t think the debt ceiling will be raised by Tuesday, while another 12% are undecided. These findings include 33% who say a debt ceiling increase is Very Likely and just three percent (3%) who think it’s Not at all Likely to happen. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 26-27, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points witha 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.See methodology.

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