Americans by a 2-to-1 ratio disagree with President Barack Obama’s contention that Congress should raise the U.S. debt limit without conditions.
Instead, 61 percent say it’s “right to require spending cuts when the debt ceiling is raised even if it risks default” because Congress lacks spending discipline, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted last week. That sentiment is shared by almost three-quarters of Republicans, two-thirds of independents and a plurality of Democrats. Just 28 percent backed Obama’s call for a “clean” bill with no add-ons.
“Sometimes it can be hard to negotiate if Republicans are making irrational demands, but to say ‘I’m not going to talk at all’ — I’ve just never found not negotiating to be an effective way to get something done,” Sam Manders, a 29-year-old registered Democrat from Maine, said in an interview.
The White House takes a different view. “The responsibility of Congress to pay the bills of the United States, bills that Congress has incurred, is not a subject of negotiation,” spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Wednesday.
Regardless, the nation remains on the brink of a possible government shutdown and/or debt default.