The sense of Congress is that...

Any increase in the federal debt limit should be tied to a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We have got to stop spending money we don't have.

128

29%

307

71%

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 a balanced budget amendment 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%