October 26, 2023

With U.S. Interest Costs Skyrocketing, Voters Overwhelmingly Call for Fiscal Commission

91% of voters are concerned that the U.S. government spends $1.8 billion per day on interest on the national debt.


As a new House Speaker takes the helm and Congress faces another looming government shutdown deadline, U.S. voters are focused on big-picture fiscal challenges, including the growing burden of interest costs.

New polling by Democratic firm Global Strategy Group and Republican firm North Star Opinion Research shows that voters are deeply concerned about interest costs eating up more and more of the federal budget. Moreover, there is overwhelming bipartisan support for the creation of a dedicated commission to recommend fiscal solutions.

90% of Democrats and 90% of Republicans are calling for the creation of a bipartisan fiscal commission to stabilize the national debt.


On Capitol Hill, as Congress has drifted from one fiscal crisis to the next, there is growing momentum for a dedicated process to tackle our debt with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressing support. Late last month, a bipartisan group of leaders introduced legislation to establish a commission to recommend a comprehensive package of spending and revenue reforms to stabilize our fiscal outlook.

Related: Voters Don't Want a Government Shutdown, They Want Action on the National Debt Instead

Solutions Initiative 2024

Seven think tanks from across the ideological spectrum all agree that we are on an unsustainable fiscal path, and we need to change course.

National Debt Clock

See the latest numbers and learn more about the causes of our high and rising debt.