Fiscal Confidence Index: August 2013 Results

Detailed Results

Topline survey results from the Fiscal Confidence Index for August 2013. The FCI value for August is 43.

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation commissioned the poll by the Global Strategy Group to survey public opinion on the national debt. The nationwide poll included 1,002 U.S. registered voters, surveyed by telephone between August 19 and August 22, 2013. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.1%. The poll examined voters’ opinions on the national debt, political leadership, and America’s fiscal and economic health.

The Fiscal Confidence Index value is derived from six questions in three categories: Concern, Priority, and Expectations. The August 2013 scores are: Concern (38), Priority (20), Expectations (72). For the complete methodology used to determine the Fiscal Confidence Index value, click here. For full results, including demographic information, download the PDF below:

 

CONCERN (38)

Thinking about our national debt over the last few years, would you say your level of concern has increased or decreased?

  • Is that a lot or just a little?
Increased a lot 52%
Increased a little 19%
Decreased a little 10%
Decreased a lot 5%
(No change) 12%
(Don't Know/Refused) 2%
INCREASED (NET) 71%
DECREASED (NET) 15%

When it comes to addressing our national debt, would you say things in the United States are heading in the right direction or do you think things are off on the wrong track?

  • Do you feel that way strongly or just somewhat?
Right direction-Strongly 9%
Right direction-Somewhat 18%
Wrong track-Somewhat 19%
Wrong track-Strongly 44%
(Neither/Mixed) 6%
(Don't Know/Refused) 5%
RIGHT DIRECTION (NET) 26%
WRONG TRACK (NET) 63%

 

PRIORITY (20)

Some people say that addressing the national debt should be among the President and Congress' top 3 priorities. Do you agree or disagree?

  • Do you feel that way strongly or just somewhat?
Strongly agree 59%
Somewhat agree 23%
Somewhat disagree 8%
Strongly disagree 5%
(Don't Know/Refused) 5%
AGREE (NET) 82%
DISAGREE (NET) 13%
   

And when it comes to our national debt, do you think it is an issue that the President and Congress should spend more time addressing or less time addressing?

  • Would you say a lot (more or less) time or just a little?
A lot more time 64%
A little more time 18%
A little less time 6%
A lot less time 4%
(The same amount of time) 4%
(Don't Know/Refused) 4%
MORE TIME (NET) 83%
LESS TIME (NET) 10%

 

 

EXPECTATIONS (72)

And thinking about our national debt over the next few years, do you expect the problem to get better or worse?

  • Is that much (better or worse) or just somewhat (better or worse)?
Much better 8%
Somewhat better 19%
Somewhat worse 28%
Much worse 36%
(No change) 4%
(Don't know/Refused) 6%
BETTER (NET) 27%
WORSE (NET) 63%

And when it comes to our national debt, are you optimistic or pessimistic that the United States will be able to make progress on our national debt over the next few years?

  • Would you say you are very (optimistic or pessimistic) or just somewhat?
Very optimistic 17%
Somewhat optimistic 30%
Somewhat pessimistic 17%
Very pessimistic 29%
(Neither/Mixed) 4%
(Don't Know/Refused) 3%
OPTIMISTIC (NET) 47%
PESSIMISTIC (NET) 46%

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