Dueling Debt Ceiling Polls

Jul 22 2011 @ 2:51pm

Mark Blumenthal makes sense of them. Where the polls agree:

• Every poll released this week that asked found Americans prefer a deal featuring a mix of tax hikes and spending cuts to a deal featuring just spending cuts.

• Most of the surveys find strong sentiment in favor of compromise, especially among Democrats and independents.

• The surveys all show Americans expressing significantly more confidence and trust in President Obama's handling of the issue than of either the Republican or Democratic leadership in Congress.

• The polls that have tracked identically-worded questions about raising the debt ceiling, such as CBS News, NBC/Wall Street Journal, Pew Research Center and YouGov/Polimetrix, have all shown sentiment rising in favor of increasing the limit.