Fiscal Confidence Index: February 2019 Results

Topline survey results from the Fiscal Confidence Index for February 2019. The FCI value for February is 50.

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation commissioned this poll by the Global Strategy Group and North Star Opinion Research to survey public opinion on the national debt. The nationwide poll included 1,000 U.S. registered voters, surveyed by telephone between February 18, 2019 and February 21, 2019. 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 February 2019 scores are: Concern (49), Priority (29), Expectations (73). 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 (49)

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 40%
Increased a little 23%
Decreased a little 12%
Decreased a lot 5%
(No change) 18%
(Don't Know/Refused) 1%
INCREASED (NET) 64%
DECREASED (NET) 18%

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 16%
Right direction - Somewhat 14%
Wrong track - Somewhat 17%
Wrong track - Strongly 42%
(Neither/Mixed) 7%
(Don't Know/Refused) 4%
RIGHT DIRECTION (NET) 30%
WRONG TRACK (NET) 59%
PRIORITY (29)

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 46%
Somewhat agree 27%
Somewhat disagree 14%
Strongly disagree 7%
(Don't Know/Refused) 5%
AGREE (NET) 74%
DISAGREE (NET) 21%

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 53%
A little more time 28%
A little less time 6%
A lot less time 4%
(The same amount of time) 6%
(Don't Know/Refused) 3%
MORE TIME (NET) 81%
LESS TIME (NET) 10%
EXPECTATIONS (73)

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 9%
Somewhat better 16%
Somewhat worse 29%
Much worse 36%
(No change) 4%
(Don't know/Refused) 6%
BETTER (NET) 25%
WORSE (NET) 65%

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 18%
Somewhat optimistic 28%
Somewhat pessimistic 20%
Very pessimistic 26%
(Neither/Mixed) 4%
(Don't Know/Refused) 4%
OPTIMISTIC (NET) 47%
PESSIMISTIC (NET) 46%

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