Do Americans favor debt ceiling conditionality?

I don’t think there should be a debt ceiling at all, and I also don’t favor conditionality on raising it, as I don’t think hostage-taking leads to better policy in the long run or even in the short run for that matter.  Yet it seems to me this is an under-reported angle on the recent controversies:

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 that 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 Sept. 20-23.

That sentiment is shared by almost three-quarters of Republicans, two-thirds of independents, and a plurality of Democrats. Just 28 percent of respondents backed Obama’s call for a clean bill that has no add-on provisions.

The Bloomberg article is here, and I would say this means the Republican strategy may be working somewhat better, and be less insane and out of touch, than its critics often suggest.  (I do, by the way, understand that the framing of the initial question is going to influence the poll results significantly.)

As they sometimes say, it is time to elect a new people.


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