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

    The GOP (Grumpy Old People) is the party of no. They don't want to work with the Democrats because their only concern is electing one of their own in 2012 and defaeting Obama. The Democrats have tried to work with them, but they are more concerned about politics than the what's best for the country.

    June 20, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Oregon Calling

    If this administration is for something, the GOP is against it. Any questions?

    Peace :-)

    June 20, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. betterdays

    Pew didn't poll the lawmakers themselves, but when it comes to the citizenry, we can clearly see who's being inflexible here... That said, since Republicans control the House, I'd say that they'd be the ones responsible. Responsible for sending a serious message about spending run amok, that is.

    June 20, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Jilli

    The republicans are putting party before country. The debt limit has been raised without issue numerous times – by the very same people that helped increase the debt and deficit – but now they're concerned? Yeah, right. It's just another game – they don't want to economy to recover – they want the country in the tank thinking it will help them win elections. It's really shameful – playing games and putting party before country. Such patriots.

    June 20, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Fed Up

    Sorry. Obama declared the recession over. The economy is just fine. Everyone is working. Prices are falling. This is his economy. If we have to raise the debt ceiling again, it is Obama's faults. This is his economy ever since he declared the recession over. Obama likes photo ops on the golf course, better than actually working.

    June 20, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    So all those in favor of raising the debt ceiling and by doing so making all the humungous growth in government spending PERMANENT, open your pocketbooks and pay out more. I'm opposed!!!

    June 20, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Bruce

    So all those in favor of raising the debt ceiling and by doing so making the humungous growth in government spending PERMANENT, be prepared to open your pockets and paying out more of your money. I am opposed!!!

    June 20, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. April Garlow

    Good INFO,now I will know whom to THANK-–no increase in the debt ceiling–no increase in the spending–I think since not raising it has never been done before–that makes the GOP–PROGRESSIVE!

    June 20, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. Republicans - The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Keep it simple stupid.

    If America misses its credit card payment due to Republican bluster, nterest rates, the value of the dollar, the rate of inflation could all be adversely impacted.

    I will remember which party decided to play "chicken" or Russian roulette with our economic security.

    As long as we citizens keep throwing offsetting "unsportsmanlike conduct" penalties on both sides, we won`t get an improvement in behavior.

    Independents, if the US defaults, we must punish the GOP. They will be the ones behind it.

    June 20, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. David

    if only the Republicans hadnt given their corporate masters more money and actually did the work of the people who sent them there...hmmm

    June 20, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. GOP = Greed Over People

    Raise the debt ceiling and do it now, before the international investors realize that the GOP cons truly want to see "America fail" and in an epic fashionbig way. It is about to be 700 point daily swings at the stock market again, really soon.

    As it becomes more apparent to the ones we count on to buy our debt that indeed the GOP tea baggers are not going to raise the debt ceiling and cause us to default, Greece and it's problems will be a brief memory. With the deadline of 8/2 less than 60 days out, the only ones buying treasuries are the folks fleeing the stock market. The closer we get to the "deadline" the fewer international investors and countries will be willing to take a chance that we MIGHT default.

    And they will not wait until the deadline to stop buying so even if it is raised in the wee hours of 8/1 the damage will already be done and rates will be sky high and we will be in the GOP's Great Depression!

    June 20, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Clwyd

    Don't expect them to budge as they have one goal! Make Obama a one term president and the heck with their false promises on Jobs! Not one piece of jobs legislation has come forth from these animals!

    June 20, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Kara

    Given that republicans have STATED their refusal to raise the debt ceiling after doing so SEVEN times under Bush, the issue of blame is pretty cut and dried.
    The republicans have EMBRACED the blame for this, so why is CNN doing polls as though there were any confusion?
    How much is the RNC paying you guys?

    June 20, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. terry,va

    When you have 47% of the country with their handout wanting Obummie to spoon fed them it is not hard to understand that "most" will blame the Repubs who want to keep this country from going bankrupt. I say piss on them and get the nation's finances under control before every one is picking crap with the chickens. Sorry dumbocraps.

    June 20, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. AZ DEM

    Its kinda hard to not blame the GOP when they are the ones putting all of these Pre-conditions on raising the debt ceiling. Its also on the Democrats and GOP for the nation being in this mess..no side is clean and I think what we will begin to see is people moving away from the extremism on both sides and becoming solidly Independent...when both sides start acting like lunatics the middle is the ONLY safe ground FYI

    June 20, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. Name king

    These repugs 11th comandment is destroying this country. They've given big corporations tax breaks, and when they take the money and go to other countries to hide from the tax man, the repugs defend them and blame Obama, at the same time screaming budget deficit amagadon. These repugs need to stop giving all this money to super corporations who are hiring foreigners, robots and computer systems and level the playing field so that up and coming small business won't be trampled by the super corporations. We need to start concentrate on the middle class, and the working class spenders in our economy. And stop pouring money on folks who take trillions of dollars to other countries to hide from the IRS.

    June 20, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Jason

    Sorry republicans you can't have it both ways. One day you claim the administration is diving too far deep into your daily lives and the economy. The next day, you claim he isn't working hard or doing enough to generate jobs. Please pick one.

    June 20, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. Bob in PA

    Yeah right ! 60 years being the dominant party in control of the House and some how it's the other guys fault.

    June 20, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. NVa Native

    GOP said they want Obama to fail – through all of their lies, deceptions, and bigotry of the past two years they have proven all the care about and all they have been working for (or not working for) is thier hope that Obama and our country will fail.

    June 20, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Ryan

    Republicans defauling on Republican debt – priceless.

    June 20, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Steve in Denver

    @Fed up: the recession is, in fact, over. "Recession" is a defined economic term. This recession started in March, 2007, and ended in summer, 2009.

    You'd probably want to talk about other economic indicators, such as unemployment, the Dow, housing prices, GDP, etc. I don't ever remember Obama saying the recession is over (even though it is), but I have heard Obama repeatedly saying these other indicators are in need of attention.

    Of course, one might ask what the "Jobs, jobs, jobs" republicans have been doing since they took the house. It sure hasn't been anything to do with jobs.

    June 20, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  22. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Although I wish no harm to this country, I find myself looking forward to this showdown, and I hope that the sniveling [R]s do not chicken out. Their ideologic pandering to the "intellectually least" among us is painting themselves and the whole country into a bad corner. The financial mess that will ensue will effect EVERYONE negatively.

    So why do I look forward to it? The disease that is the current [R] party is much more harmful to this nation in the long run than the relatively short-term "pain" that will ensue if they persue not raising the debt ceiling. The current rightwing-dominated version of the [R] party needs to vanish. And if we can get the stupid among us to realize that by having them get hit right in the mouth with the terrible financial effects of [R]ightwing ideology, it is a price worth paying.

    June 20, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  23. Jess C

    @terry,VA...the GOP already crapped in the cat box long ago and now they want to point the finger at the current Admin. Laughable. Thankfully most of us don't see it your way. We know that the Repubs are only about political power and self-serving financial gains. They just want to take back control so their prime agenda is to block anything that comes from the current Admin. so it makes it even more difficult to do the right things for this country. They could care less about us middle class working stiffs and you know it. They play a huge charade touting "JOBS!" just to pander for votes. Where are those jobs anyway, huh? Most of us are sick of it.

    June 20, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. Eric Clough

    This whole poll asked the wrong question. Who do you blame if the debt limit is not raised? Two possible answers: R or D. This shows bias toward wanting the debt limit raised and thus allowing our government to go further into debt. The poll is completely worthless for real debate.

    June 20, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. skytag

    Anyone with a clue understands the debt ceiling has to be raised, as the alternative is to come up with $700 billion in spending cuts and tax increases over the next five months or so, and that's just not doable. Given this reality Republicans really don't have much bargaining power here. If they refuse to raise it the consequences will be disastrous. If they ultimately give in and raise it without getting what they're demanding, they'll look week.

    June 20, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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