Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 27, 2013
The Campaign to Fix the Debt released results of a recently-completed national survey that suggest a major shift in voter attitudes on the national debt. According to the survey, the national debt is now tied with the economy as the most important issue likely voters want Congress to address; by contrast, a CBS News poll in July found the economy outpaced the debt by 24 points as voters’ top legislative priority.
While only about one in three voters support changes to Social Security and Medicare in isolation, according to the new poll, support for reforming the programs nearly doubles to 61 percent when proposed changes are phased in gradually and are combined with cuts to wasteful spending and increased revenues from closing tax loopholes. Reforming the tax code, implementing structural changes to Social Security and Medicare, and replacing the sequester all received majority support, so long as they occur in the context of a comprehensive deficit-reduction plan.
“While we always expected substantial public support for a comprehensive debt deal, even we were surprised by this research,” said Maya MacGuineas, head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. “This survey tells us two things: Americans understand the stakes in the debate around the national debt, and voters are overwhelmingly willing to support elected officials who make the hard choices to fix the debt, so long as they do it in a balanced way.”
Among the poll’s findings:
The poll, which was conducted October 4-8, during the government shutdown, questioned 800 likely voters and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.
The Campaign to Fix the Debt is a non-partisan movement asking lawmakers to work together on legislation large enough to stabilize and reduce the national debt as a share of the economy. Members come from a broad range of social, economic and political perspectives with the belief that America's growing debt burden threatens our future, and that we must address it now. The Campaign will mobilize key communities – including leaders from business, government, and policy – and people all across America who want to see elected officials step up to solve our nation's fiscal challenges.
For more information about the “Citizens’ Plan to Fix the Debt” please visit FixtheDebt.org.