PRESS RELEASE: NEW POLL: BROAD MAJORITY OF VOTERS WANT CONGRESS TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
September 27, 2021

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NEW POLL: BROAD MAJORITY OF VOTERS WANT CONGRESS TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING 

A Bipartisan Majority of Voters — Including Most Independents — Want Congress to Raise the Debt Ceiling


A Sweeping Bipartisan Majority of Voters Believe It’s Important to Prevent an Economic Crisis, Know Raising Debt Ceiling is Routine

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A majority of voters support the Congressional funding bill to raise the debt ceiling — including a majority of Independents, according to a new poll released today by Invest in America and Data For Progress. Additionally, the poll found that an overwhelming majority of voters believe it’s important for Congress to raise the debt ceiling in order to avoid an economic crisis that could erase the economy’s recovery since the beginning of the pandemic.

The poll was conducted with 1,292 likely voters from September 24 – September 27. Key findings include:

  • 54% of voters, including 74% of Democrats and 54% of Independents, support the short-term government funding bill that raises the debt ceiling and prevents a government shutdown.

  • 78% of voters, including 89% of Democrats, 77% of Independents, and 66% of Republicans, believe that raising the ceiling does not spend any more money, it only allows us to pay for what the government has already spent.

  • 76% of voters, including 81% of Democrats, 62% of Independents, and 51% of Republicans, believe it’s important to prevent an economic crisis that could erase all the economic recovery since the beginning of the pandemic.

  • 69% of voters, including 81% of Democrats, 67% of Independents, and 55% of Republicans, believe that raising the ceiling is a routine budget procedure that has already happened six times in the last two decades.

  • 72% of voters, including 85% of Democrats, 69% of Independents, and 61% of Republicans, believe that raising the ceiling is a routine budget procedure that has already happened six times in the last two decades.

“American voters understand that the debt ceiling should not be a partisan issue and that the welfare of their families and the entire economy are at stake,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor for Invest in America. “It is absolutely essential to raise the debt ceiling — middle-class Amercans know that we cannot afford an economic meltdown, especially as the U.S. economy is still recovering from the shock of the pandemic.”

Read the full polling tabs and methodology here.

About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

Learn more at InvestInAmericaNow.com and @InvestNowUSA, and InvestinAmericaProject.com.

About Data for Progress

Data for Progress is a progressive think tank and polling firm, which arms movements with data-driven tools to fight for a more equitable future. DFP provides polling, data-based messaging, and policy generation for the progressive movement, and advises campaigns and candidates with the tools they need to win. DFP polling is regularly cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and hundreds of other trusted news organizations.

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