The sense of Congress is that...

Any increase in the federal debt limit should be tied to specific cuts in federal spending. We have got to stop spending money we don't have.

142

33%

293

67%

The minority position is that Congress needs to raise the debt ceiling, because it is the only responsible thing to do. Tying the debt increase to spending cuts is just a political move by politicians who do not want to raise taxes on the wealthy.

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Results calculated from Resurgent Republic survey data of self-identified independent voters, April 17-April 20, 2011, N=163, margin of error +/-7.68%