(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.