Public Wants a Debt Ceiling Compromise, Expects a Deal Before Deadline

Jul 26, 2011

The public overwhelmingly favors a compromise in the debt ceiling standoff. And even as negotiations aimed at resolving the issue show little progress, a majority thinks that Barack Obama and congressional Republicans will reach a deal before the Aug. 2 deadline on a possible government default.

Fully 68% say that lawmakers who share their views on this issue should compromise, even it means striking a deal they disagree with. Just 23% say lawmakers who share their views should stand by their principles, even if that leads to default.

There is broader support for compromise today than on the eve of a possible government shutdown earlier this year. In early April, 55% favored a compromise even if that resulted in a budget deal they disagreed with, while 36% wanted their leaders to stand by their principles even if it led to a shutdown.

Read the full report, Public Wants a Debt Ceiling Compromise, Expects a Deal Before Deadline, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' Web site.

View the Debt Debate and Political Risks news graphic on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism Web site.

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