January 29, 2018

Following this month’s government shutdown and ahead of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, voters want to see more focus on the country’s fiscal challenges, according to a new poll released today by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

The survey, prepared by bipartisan polling firms Global Strategy Group and North Star Opinion Research, finds that voters across party lines are calling for the President to put forward plans to reduce the national debt. And, by wide margins, Americans are looking for the President’s speech to address ways to reach a budget agreement following the recent government shutdown.

  • 92% of voters believe it’s important for the President to address the country’s national debt problem in the State of the Union speech, with 90% saying it’s important for him to discuss ways to reduce the federal deficit.
  • 90% of voters believe it is important for the President to discuss ways to reach a budget agreement and avoid another government shutdown, with 69% saying it’s very important that he do so.

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

“Unfortunately, the state of the union’s fiscal outlook is not sustainable, and is worse than it was one year ago. On the heels of fiscally irresponsible tax reform that will add trillions to our national debt, followed by an unfortunate government shutdown, Americans want a renewed and bipartisan focus on our nation’s fiscal health in 2018. Voters are calling on the President to acknowledge our dangerous debt situation, and put forward plans that will put us on a more sustainable path.”

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

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