Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #18420
 
1Are you following news stories about budget talks in Washington DC?
1200 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal<25K25-50K50-75K75-100K>100KWestern Eastern Metro Se
Yes77%81%72%58%80%90%90%69%90%79%**72%61%75%76%83%83%78%79%80%78%73%79%81%78%82%76%78%76%
No20%17%23%37%17%8%8%27%8%18%**27%30%19%22%15%17%19%19%18%18%23%19%14%20%16%20%17%21%
Not Sure3%1%5%5%3%3%3%4%3%3%**2%9%6%2%3%0%3%3%2%4%4%2%5%3%2%5%5%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%32%31%21%15%63%37%82%3%6%10%24%31%42%10%84%29%42%23%17%28%19%14%17%28%20%52%
 
 
2Do you understand the concept of a "debt ceiling" ... perfectly? Sort of? Or not really?
920 Who Are Following StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal<25K25-50K50-75K75-100K>100KWestern Eastern Metro Se
Perfectly46%57%34%43%49%48%44%47%46%45%**40%64%39%38%57%61%45%50%44%53%44%42%47%57%49%46%49%46%
Sort Of44%39%50%48%41%43%46%44%44%44%**56%32%54%52%34%33%46%43%47%40%44%45%44%40%46%45%43%44%
Not Really9%4%15%9%9%9%11%9%10%10%**4%4%7%10%10%5%9%8%10%7%13%13%9%3%5%10%7%10%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Are Following Stories100%52%48%24%33%25%18%57%43%84%2%6%8%23%30%45%11%84%29%43%23%16%28%20%14%18%27%21%52%
 
 
3Will the United States of America go into default on August 2nd? Or will government leaders find a way to prevent a default?
920 Who Are Following StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.2%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal<25K25-50K50-75K75-100K>100KWestern Eastern Metro Se
Will Go Into Default22%23%21%30%23%19%13%26%17%21%**20%37%16%20%26%23%22%17%25%19%27%19%18%24%24%19%21%24%
Find a Way To Prevent61%61%62%57%60%63%68%59%65%62%**71%39%68%60%59%59%63%67%59%63%56%61%66%60%63%66%67%57%
Not Sure17%16%17%13%17%18%19%15%19%17%**8%24%15%20%15%18%16%15%16%18%17%20%16%15%13%16%12%19%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Are Following Stories100%52%48%24%33%25%18%57%43%84%2%6%8%23%30%45%11%84%29%43%23%16%28%20%14%18%27%21%52%
 
 
4If the United States of America goes into default, will it affect you personally ... A lot? A little? Or not at all?
920 Who Are Following StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.2%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal<25K25-50K50-75K75-100K>100KWestern Eastern Metro Se
A Lot59%58%61%60%52%68%61%56%65%61%**24%66%47%63%63%54%60%49%64%62%76%56%58%52%58%62%55%60%
A Little33%32%33%32%38%28%31%35%29%31%**69%22%40%32%31%37%32%38%29%36%17%35%38%34%39%30%34%33%
Not At All7%9%5%7%9%4%8%8%6%6%**7%12%12%4%6%9%6%11%7%2%7%8%3%14%3%8%10%5%
Not Sure1%1%1%1%1%0%1%1%1%1%**0%0%0%1%1%0%1%1%1%0%0%1%1%0%0%1%1%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Are Following Stories100%52%48%24%33%25%18%57%43%84%2%6%8%23%30%45%11%84%29%43%23%16%28%20%14%18%27%21%52%
 
 
5If the United States goes into default, who will be responsible? Democrats? Republicans? Or both parties equally?
920 Who Are Following StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal<25K25-50K50-75K75-100K>100KWestern Eastern Metro Se
Democrats23%26%19%24%22%21%24%23%22%22%**26%36%48%3%22%69%16%49%15%5%20%19%26%34%20%20%36%19%
Republicans32%35%29%33%28%34%38%30%36%33%**38%20%6%59%29%2%37%5%37%62%22%33%29%34%42%31%19%38%
Both44%38%50%40%49%45%38%45%42%44%**31%44%45%37%48%29%46%46%47%31%58%48%44%32%35%48%45%41%
Not Sure1%1%1%3%1%0%1%2%0%1%**5%0%1%1%1%0%1%0%1%2%0%1%1%0%2%1%1%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Are Following Stories100%52%48%24%33%25%18%57%43%84%2%6%8%23%30%45%11%84%29%43%23%16%28%20%14%18%27%21%52%
 
 
6Would it be acceptable? Or unacceptable? To make cuts to Social Security as part of a budget deal?
920 Who Are Following StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal<25K25-50K50-75K75-100K>100KWestern Eastern Metro Se
Acceptable18%24%11%21%18%19%14%19%17%17%**39%22%22%11%22%29%17%26%17%13%12%14%22%22%22%19%22%16%
Unacceptable76%69%82%73%74%76%81%74%78%76%**61%78%74%83%71%69%76%67%79%82%85%81%69%76%69%72%75%78%
Not Sure6%6%6%6%8%4%5%7%5%7%**0%0%4%6%7%2%7%7%4%5%3%5%9%2%9%9%4%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Are Following Stories100%52%48%24%33%25%18%57%43%84%2%6%8%23%30%45%11%84%29%43%23%16%28%20%14%18%27%21%52%
 
 
7Would it be acceptable? Or unacceptable? To make cuts to Medicare as part of a budget deal?
920 Who Are Following StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal<25K25-50K50-75K75-100K>100KWestern Eastern Metro Se
Acceptable23%27%18%28%25%21%14%26%18%22%**31%28%24%12%29%37%22%32%22%14%12%17%29%29%29%25%29%20%
Unacceptable72%68%77%69%68%75%80%68%77%73%**69%64%68%85%66%61%73%61%73%85%85%78%64%64%67%70%66%75%
Not Sure5%5%5%3%7%4%5%5%5%5%**0%8%8%3%5%2%5%8%5%1%3%4%7%7%4%5%5%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Are Following Stories100%52%48%24%33%25%18%57%43%84%2%6%8%23%30%45%11%84%29%43%23%16%28%20%14%18%27%21%52%
 
 
8Would it be acceptable? Or unacceptable? To increase taxes on the wealthy as part of a budget deal?
920 Who Are Following StoriesAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationTea Party MemberIdeologyIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 2.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian/OtRepublicDemocratIndependYesNoConservaModerateLiberal<25K25-50K50-75K75-100K>100KWestern Eastern Metro Se
Acceptable73%71%75%74%70%76%71%72%74%74%**68%59%47%92%73%30%80%41%84%93%79%73%74%68%75%77%67%73%
Unacceptable23%26%20%23%26%19%23%25%21%22%**27%38%44%6%24%60%18%53%13%5%17%23%23%28%20%18%28%24%
Not Sure4%3%5%2%4%4%6%3%5%4%**5%3%9%1%3%10%2%7%3%2%4%4%3%4%4%5%5%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Are Following Stories100%52%48%24%33%25%18%57%43%84%2%6%8%23%30%45%11%84%29%43%23%16%28%20%14%18%27%21%52%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.