Poll: Most Americans concerned about debt ceiling, but two-thirds of Tea Partiers say it’s no big deal


THESE FOLKS truly are different from normal people:

As the United States moves closer to the debt ceiling, a poll released Tuesday found the vast majority of tea party Republicans don’t think the looming deadline is all that significant.

The latest findings from Pew Research Center showed that while a slight majority of all Americans — 51 percent — believe that it is “absolutely essential” for Congress to raise the debt limit before the Thursday deadline, 69 percent of tea partiers said the U.S. “can go past the deadline…without major economic problems.”

Thirty-six percent of all Americans believe that the U.S. can safely go past the deadline, while just 23 percent of the tea party said it’s essential to raise the debt ceiling. An overwhelming majority of 67 percent of Democrats called raising the debt ceiling essential, while 52 percent of Republicans said that the deadline could pass without triggering economic problems.

Although economists across the board have warned that failure to raise the debt limit could cause the U.S. to default and trigger global turmoil, a group of Republicans on Capitol Hill has been dismissive of the risk. Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) even suggested last week that the Affordable Care Act represents a greater risk to the American economy than default.



  1. Perhaps the idea around an ideal ‘normative community’ can also explain the true tragedy to those mostly conservative people in Dakota who lost some 200,000 cattle. I’ve not heard that the State officials are seeking any disaster relief from the house conservatives that are tying up the only source they appear to have to off set their losses. Perhaps they can afford that rather than accept help, or, they are (as my mother would say)’willing to cut off their nose to spite their own face’. Such narrow points of view have only few available threads to hang on to. I did see one rancher who did state that he didn’t care for ‘big govmint’ but thought that their plight was one of the few issues that the ‘govmint’ should address. Maybe the state will take care of them. Could they accept that?

  2. Steverino

    Crazy Paul Broun heads the tea party medical team of experts on the ACA but is not licensed to practice medicine at any Georgia hospital.

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