Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll
This Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll was conducted by telephone May 19-22, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,004 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) of Princeton, NJ.
*= less than 0.5 percent
1. How well do you feel you understand what would happen if the government DOES NOT raise the federal debt limit? Very well, fairly well, not too well or not at all well?
------- Well ------ -------- Not well -------- NET Very Fairly NET Not too Not at all No opinion 5/22/11 50 18 32 48 26 21 3
2. How concerned, if at all, are you that [INSERT]? Very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not at all concerned?
a. Raising the debt limit would lead to higher government spending and make the national debt bigger --- Concerned --- ----- Not concerned ------ No NET Very Smwt NET Not too Not at all opinion 5/22/11 77 47 30 20 10 10 2 b. Not raising the debt limit would force the government into default and hurt the nationís economy --- Concerned --- ----- Not concerned ------ No NET Very Smwt NET Not too Not at all opinion 5/22/11 73 37 36 23 13 10 4
3. All things considered, which of these is your greater concern (that raising the debt limit would lead to higher government spending and make the national debt bigger) or (that not raising the debt limit would force the government into default and hurt the nationís economy)?
Raising debt limit Not raising debt limit No a greater concern a greater concern opinion 5/22/11 48 35 17