Poll: Americans of all political stripes — except for Tea Partiers — see disaster if debt ceiling isn’t raised


It’s my understanding that additional results of THIS POLL will be released later tonight show and will show that Americans generally find much more fault with Republicans than Democrats for the government shutdown:

With House Republicans set to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss raising the debt limit and ending the government shutdown, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 63 percent of Americans believe refusing to raise the debt ceiling would be a real and serious problem.

Andrea Mitchell talks to Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and Rep. James Clyburn about the recent developments to avoid debt default while still keeping the government shutdown.

That’s up from the 55 percent who said this in July 2011, during the last political fight over raising the debt ceiling.

That opinion might explain why House Republicans have proposed temporarily raising the debt limit — though not ending the government shutdown — when they meet with the president at the White House.

But there is a partisan divide here: 72 percent of Democrats believe not raising the debt ceiling would be a real and serious problem, versus 57 percent of Republicans and independents who think this.

And there’s also a significant split inside the Republican Party: Among Republicans not supporting the Tea Party, 71 percent say not raising the debt ceiling would be a serious problem.

But only 44 percent of Republicans who are Tea Party supporters agree.




  1. Pat – Please forward the following two comments to the rrstar technical staff

    1 – Please bring back the “tagged as” stuff for your blog. It was very helpful to bring up all your posts under a specific topic such as “global warming” or “Sarah Palin”. Now it appears that functionality is gone.

    2. The Captcha codes are so small they are very hard to read.

    Thank you!

    • Site Administrator


      I fixed the Captcha images… at least I think let me know if they look normal again, never saw them before.

      I added a “tag cloud” on the right rail, how’s that?

      I also added “related posts” bottom right.

      Let me know if you see anything else.

      • Site Admin:

        Thanks for the reply!

        The Captcha looks better, but it could probably be a bit larger. It is still hard to read.

        The tag cloud is….interesting. There used to be a drop down menu that was in alphabetical order for all subjects that were tagged. I also thought there used to be a bunch more items listed, but I could be wrong.

        I also miss the pictures Pat attached for each story. Granted, when you click on the story itself, it shows the pic, but it is very small. Pat always did a great job finding a relevant picture to post with the article which always helped “sell” it. Would be nice to see the enlarged pic again on the blog front page for all the articles posted.

        On the plus side, I do like the new nested reply button.

        Thank you for your help!

  2. If USA debt is being sold off by banking institutions that held it as a once safe investment, who is buying it?


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