The US national debt is a growing concern for many Americans. While politicians in Washington continue to argue over cuts, Americans are also split on the issue. How will this issue affect votes in the next election, and how important is the national debt when compared to other issues like job creation?
In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 43% of respondents said they consider the national debt to be a very important issue. 40% said they consider the national debt to be somewhat important. 11% said they don’t think it is very important. And just 7% said it is not important at all.
61% of Americans said the national debt will definitely affect the way they vote in the next election. Only 16% said it will not affect their voting decisions. And 23% said they don’t plan to vote.
However, when stacked up against other issues, the national debt may not hold as much importance. Only 8% of respondents said they think the national debt is a more urgent issue than job creation and economic stimulation. 47% said they think job creation and economic stimulation are more urgent. 39% said they think the issues are of equal importance. And 7% had no opinion.
Just 22% of survey takers said they are pleased with the way President Obama has handled the debt issue. 47% said they are not pleased. And 31% were neutral or had no opinion. Only 3% of respondents said they are pleased with the way Congress has handled the debt issue. 74% said they are not pleased. And 23% were neutral or had no opinion.
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Results were collected on June 11 via AYTM’s online survey panel.