Debt Isn't Immediate Crisis, Obama Says — Voters Say, You Bet It Is
American voters are nervous about the economy and -- unlike some leaders in Washington -- they think the country’s growing debt needs to be dealt with now.
That’s according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday.
About two-thirds of voters are feeling nervous about the economy -- more than twice the number that feels confident. And not just Republicans are nervous (although most are). Independents are three and a half times more likely to feel nervous than confident. Democrats are a bit more likely to feel confident.
The good news: the 65 percent who say they are nervous is down from 70 percent who felt that way in 2010.
Both President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner recently said the country doesn’t have an immediate debt problem. Nearly 7 voters in 10 say they are wrong. Conversely, 27 percent agree the debt can be handled several years down the road.
Voters are similarly at odds with Washington on the budget deficit. Almost all think the federal government should be required to balance its budget (85 percent) and believe reducing the budget deficit is a worthy goal “in and of itself” (85 percent).
When asked about investment spending versus spending cuts, more voters say cutting spending to reduce the deficit should be a higher priority in Washington right now than increasing spending to create jobs (54-38 percent).
And by a 12 percentage-point margin, more voters say the across-the-board sequester cuts that went into effect on March 1 are a good thing rather than a bad thing (49-37 percent). Some 59 percent of Republicans, 49 percent of independents and 39 percent of Democrats say the cuts are a good thing.
Read more: Fox News Poll: Voters say debt is immediate problem, nervous about economy | Fox News
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