National Debt Survey: Debt Issue Becoming More Important for Americans

The national debt has long been an important issue for Americans, but it could become much more urgent as Congress may have to raise the debt ceiling yet again in October. How big of an issue do Americans consider the national debt to be? And how many think it has been handled well thus far?

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Debt Issue

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 14% of respondents said they consider the national debt to be the single most important issue facing America. 47% said it is one of the most important issues facing America. 30% consider it to be a very important issue. 6% said it is somewhat important. And just 2% said they don’t think the national debt is an important issue. It seems the debt issue is becoming more prominent in the minds of everyday Americans. In a June 2012 survey, 18% of respondents said they didn’t consider the national debt to be a very important issue.

Debt Ceiling

45% of respondents said they weren’t even aware that Congress may need to raise the debt ceiling again in October to avoid defaulting. 25% of respondents think that Congress should raise the debt ceiling to avoid defaulting. 27% said they don’t think Congress should raise the debt ceiling again. And 48% were unsure.

Job Performance

Just 19% of respondents said they are pleased with the way President Obama has handled the debt situation so far. 49% said they are not satisfied with his job performance regarding the national debt. And 33% had no opinion. In the June 2012 survey, 22% said they were pleased with President Obama’s performance regarding the national debt, and 47% were not pleased.

Only 4% of respondents said they are pleased with the way Congress has handled the national debt. 69% said they are not pleased with Congress’s handling of the debt situation. And 27% had no opinion. In the June 2012 survey, 3% said they were pleased with the way Congress handled the debt situation, and 74% were not pleased.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

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What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on September 14 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anne Pilon
Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.