Fixing The Debt Ceiling: No Proposal Gets Majority Support

August 01, 2011, 5:00 PM GMT+0

In this week’s Economist/YouGov Poll, Americans were given several alternative proposals for increasing the debt ceiling. Half the respondents were told about the proposals in general, the other half were told about the proposal and given the names of the proposals’ sponsors.

The proposal which garnered the most support (and none received a majority) was the one being discussed — until the weekend — by President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner. Twice as many Americans favored raising the debt ceiling with that plan than opposed raising the ceiling. Support remained at two to one when the President and Speaker’s names were attached to the question. 

All the other options, including the House Republican option, the McConnell-Reid compromise, and the short term debt ceiling extension plan, received less support. 

Full datasets for Economist/YouGov polls can be found here.

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