Washington (CNN) - More Americans would blame Republicans in Congress than President Barack Obama if the nation's debt ceiling is not raised, according to a new national poll.
The release of the CNN/ORC International survey on Monday came as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew issued yet another public warning to Congress to act quickly to extend the nation's borrowing authority.
Fifty-four percent of those questioned say they would blame the GOP in Congress if the debt ceiling isn't raised, with 29% saying they'd hold the President more responsible.
Twelve percent say they'd point fingers at both sides. The numbers are little changed from last fall, when Republicans took more of the blame for a partial federal government shutdown sparked by a push to defund the new healthcare law.
According to the poll, Democrats would overwhelmingly blame Republicans in Congress, with independents, by a 49%-30% margin, blaming the GOP in Congress. Republicans, by a 55%-29% margin, say the President would be more responsible.
If lawmakers don't act before this Friday, the Treasury Department will be forced to use special accounting maneuvers known as "extraordinary measures" to continue to finance the government so that it can meet its financial obligations.
Those obligations include everything from issuing Social Security checks to paying government contractors to making payroll for federal workers and military personnel.
Lew estimates those extraordinary measures will run out by the end of February. If Congress hasn't acted by then, Treasury will only be able to pay bills with the cash balance it has on hand plus incoming revenue.
House Republicans last week again said they would demand conditions be met before they agreed to raise the debt ceiling. They didn't specify, however, what those demands would be.
The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International January 31-February 2, with 1,010 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.
CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser and CNN Money's Jeanne Sahadi contributed to this report