July 25, 2017

As policymakers prepare to return to their districts for August recess, American voters remain concerned about the nation’s fiscal health. The Fiscal Confidence Index for July is 52 (100 is neutral). Voters are now more than twice as likely to say that the United States is on the wrong track in addressing the national debt than to say it is moving in the right direction (57% wrong track / 26% right direction), representing a negative shift in their attitudes about the direction of the problem since last month (53% wrong track / 31% right direction).

PGPF President and CEO Michael A. Peterson commented on this month's results:

“As Congress heads into August recess, Americans remain focused on finding solutions to our long-term debt problem. Americans understand that a sustainable fiscal future is an essential ingredient in a growing, healthy economy. With major reforms on the legislative table, voters want policymakers to put our nation on a more sustainable fiscal path, because they know our economy depends on it.”

Launched in 2012, the Fiscal Confidence Index measures public opinion about America's national debt and the economy. See the full results for July, and read this month's press release, which includes the survey questions and polling response breakdowns.

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