Poll: Most voters disapprove of debt deal

Aug. 3, 2011 at 5:39 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A majority of U.S. voters disapprove of the debt ceiling agreement, and most doubt it will lower government spending, Rasmussen Reports said Wednesday.

Results of a Rasmussen Reports survey indicated 22 percent of likely voters approve of the agreement, 53 percent disapprove and 26 percent said they weren't sure how they felt about it.

By a 4-to-1 margin, Republicans and unaffiliated voters disapprove of the legislation signed into law by President Obama Tuesday, Rasmussen Reports said. Democrats were closer, with 34 percent favoring the deal and 40 percent opposed.

Fifty-eight percent of voters said it was unlikely the deal would lead to a significant decrease in federal spending over the next few years, results indicated.

"During the debt ceiling debacle, voters listened to members of Congress like they were the boy who cried wolf," said Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports. "While official Washington obsessed over the minute-by-minute silliness, voters expected all along that the debt ceiling would be raised without making significant spending cuts."

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 1,000 likely voters conducted Monday and Tuesday. The margin of error is 3 percentage points.

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