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Voters Say Addressing Long-term Debt Will Help Boost Economic Opportunity, Increase Business Confidence and Spur Investment
Voters More Likely to Support Candidates Who Have a Fiscal Plan to Reduce Debt and Who are Willing to Work Across the Aisle
Election 2014 Poll
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NEW YORK — An overwhelming majority of Americans, 82 percent, say the long-term national debt is an important factor when it comes to deciding how they will vote in the November midterm elections, according to a new poll released today by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. The survey, prepared by polling firms Global Strategy Group and North Star Opinion Research, finds strong support among Republican, Democratic and Independent voters for candidates who have a plan to reduce the long-term debt in order to strengthen the economy.
"As Americans head to the voting booth, it's clear that fiscal issues will help determine their choices," said Michael A. Peterson, President and COO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. "Voters want their candidates to have a plan to reduce our long-term debt because they understand that doing so will boost economic growth, opportunity and investment. Voters also recognize that our fiscal challenges are too important to be overcome by partisan politics, and they are more likely to support candidates who are willing to work across the aisle to secure America’s fiscal and economic future."
Detailed findings from the survey include:
To view the national survey memo, prepared by Global Strategy Group and North Star Opinion Research,
The Peter G. Peterson Foundation commissioned the poll by the Global Strategy Group and North Star Opinion Research to conduct a nationwide survey of 1,001 registered voters between October 20 and October 23, 2014. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.1%. The margin of error on sub-samples is greater. The poll examined voters’ opinions on the relationship of our fiscal outlook to various economic factors and outcomes.
About the Peter G. Peterson Foundation
The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the nature and urgency of key long-term fiscal challenges threatening America's future, and to accelerating action on them. To address these challenges successfully, we work to bring Americans together to find and implement sensible, long-term solutions that transcend age, party lines and ideological divides in order to achieve real results. To learn more, please visit www.pgpf.org.