Poll: More say 'blame the GOP' if debt ceiling deal isn't reached
June 20th, 2011
04:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Poll: More say 'blame the GOP' if debt ceiling deal isn't reached

(CNN) – As Vice President Joe Biden continues to hold discussions around Capitol Hill on the budget, deficit and debt ceiling, a survey released Monday says more Americans would blame his opposing party if a deal isn't reached.

According to a new Pew/Washington Post poll, 42 percent of Americans say Republicans in Congress would be to blame if the debt limit is not raised and the federal government isn't able to borrow more money to fund its operations.

One-third say the Obama administration, including Biden, would be to blame.

Those who identify with Democrats or Republicans blame the opposite side of the aisle. Almost sixty percent of Republicans say the Obama administration would be responsible if both sides can't agree and 72 percent of Democrats say the fault would be on Republicans.

Independents find themselves in the middle - split over the issue of who is responsible for the failure of a debt ceiling deal. Since 36 percent say Republicans would be to blame and 34 percent place blame on the Democrats' shoulders, the two-point margin falls within the poll's sampling error and independents of either opinion are statistically tied. Seventeen percent say both sides would share responsibility.

The Pew Research Center/Washington Post poll was conducted via telephone from June 16-19 among 1,003 adults. It has a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.


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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Jon

    Hold on for a minute.... not raising the debt limit does not necessitate defaulting on our debt. What about those who actually pay attention to numbers and realize that not raising the debt limit would not bring the end of the world? Maybe if the media would be responsible and quit with all of the hysterics, we'd be better off.

    June 20, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Earthchild

    The Republican Party will face defeat both in the Executive and Legislative branch next year. The American people have finally woken up to their recurring lies and fear mongering strategies.

    June 20, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. Russell Brown

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    June 20, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. djaknoun abdelkrim

    After nxt ten years ago later to state level inflation the dollar how many % deficit ,and what previous for nxt year 2012 i,ts nxt end last semester 2011

    June 20, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. Justthe Facts

    Pew/Washington Post poll, says 42 percent of Americans say, Republicans would be to blame if the debt limit is NOT raised. Thus 58 percent of Democratic Party would be blamed FOR raising the debt. Is that what this Pew/Washington Post poll says? Just simple logic my fellow citizens. Simple logic.

    June 20, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. scott

    CUT THE SPENDING. It's that simple. Cut EVERYTHING!

    June 20, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  7. M

    Blamed?? BLAMED?? They are to be commended if the debt ceiling isn't raised. And if the democrats don't like it – well – perhaps the then-democrat congress should have read it's job description. The democrat-controlled congress of 08-10 went TWO YEARS WITHOUT A BUDGET?!? When passing a budget is congress' job? So, the dems slack off on doing the job they were hired to do, until a new party comes along to do the dirty work and take the guff. WEASELS!

    June 20, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. D-Nice

    The GOP will raise the debt ceiling, because in the end they answer to wall street not the tea party. Just watch. Stalling is nothing more than political theater to make the GOP look like they are listening to the tea party.

    June 20, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. spocksbrain

    This intransigence on the part of Republicans is wearing extremely thin. Will corporations be able to buy them the next election? Or will people wake up and realize the federal tax rates are the lowest since 1948 and they still want more of the same while raping the middle class and the poor, exporting jobs to China and India, and spinning the story as they eliminate social security and medicare?

    June 20, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    the American people are not as STUPID as some of the Republicans had hoped they would be when it comes to the issue of blame. The GOP voted SEVEN times to raise the debt ceiling under President Bush so NOW they want to take a stand huh? Not everyone in the country is like TERRY, VA. that posts here thank God. There are people that can think for themselves and don't need the FoxNews talking points to do so.

    June 20, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. n8whit

    It's about time a political party has the guts to stand up to the spending problem we have in this country. You can call the GOP "Grumpy Old People" or whatever, but the wisdom sometimes is with the "old people". We need real and serious reform. BTW- I would love to see the poll internals. Bet you it was heavily weighted like the other polls CNN publishes.

    June 20, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. n8whit

    Liberalism on the left really is a mental disorder that will destroy this Republic.

    June 20, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. Jay

    "According to a new Pew/Washington Post poll, 42 percent of Americans say Republicans in Congress would be to blame if the debt limit is not raised and the federal government isn't able to borrow more money to fund its operations. One-third say the Obama administration, including Biden, would be to blame. Those who identify with Democrats or Republicans blame the opposite side of the aisle."

    Soooo, I'm guessing that the poll's internals show that the Democrat/Republican breakdown of those surveyed were 42% democrat, 34% republican. You're really much more transparent then you pretend.

    June 20, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  14. skytag

    @terry,va: "When you have 47% of the country with their handout wanting Obummie to spoon fed them"

    This is complete nonsense. These kinds of comments serve no purpose beyond demonstrating that you lack the ability to intelligently discuss issues. Turn your radio off and start thinking for yourself.

    June 20, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. jrobinson

    You people are amazing. The Democrats have spent more money than God. The news should be that they've managed to run up the entire credit card in so short a time. But just like primadonna trust fund kiddies, when the card is maxxed, all you can do is blame daddy for not letting you spend more. What can't you understand about this – YOU'RE SPENDING TOO MUCH! If you cut up your maxxed out credit card, its generally seen as good sign by your creditors; as sign of responsibility. If you raise the debt ceiling, the people holding our debt will panic that we have no restraint and begin selling off our debt. This will lead to a collapse. But that's okay... because like everything else you Leftist idiots are doing, you'll just blame Bush and the Republicans when it goes wrong. Paris Hilton has more economic sense that you folk.

    June 20, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    @ terry, va
    you need to come from under your rock or perhaps the backwoods of Virginia and see what you are talking about. The people that want the so-called HANDOUTS as you like to call them mainly are the folks that have worked to get them. maybe you don't know that when you have a job, your company pays into unemployment insurance so if you lose your job you can get some kind of aide. Also if you are talking about Medicare and Social Secrurity people work to get that as well. I would like to see some folks like you have to live off of such "handouts" because you lost your job or some other tragic situtaion not due to a fault of your own. Then again most of your type also claim to be so much of a Christian too. Sad just Sad indeed.

    June 20, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  17. A disgusted former Republican

    Are republicans as dumb as rocks or were they just born stupid?

    June 20, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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