Fiscal Confidence Index: November 2019 Results

Topline survey results from the Fiscal Confidence Index for November 2019. The FCI value for November is 45.

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 online poll included 1,000 registered voters nationwide, surveyed between November 18, 2019 and November 21, 2019. This is the first monthly survey conducted online; prior surveys were conducted telephonically. 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 November 2019 scores are: Concern (45), Priority (23), Expectations (66). 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 (45)

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 43%
Increased a little 31%
Decreased a little 9%
Decreased a lot 4%
(No change) 10%
(Don't Know/Refused) 4%

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 12%
Right direction - Somewhat 22%
Wrong track - Somewhat 29%
Wrong track - Strongly 33%
(Neither/Mixed) 1%
(Don't Know/Refused) 4%

Priority (23)

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 50%
Somewhat agree 26%
Somewhat disagree 14%
Strongly disagree 3%
(Don't Know/Refused) 7%

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 48%
A little more time 36%
A little less time 6%
A lot less time 4%
(The same amount of time) 2%
(Don't Know/Refused) 5%

Expectations (66)

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)?

Is that much (better or worse) or just somewhat (better or worse)? 8%
Somewhat better 18%
Somewhat worse 31%
Much worse 34%
(No change) 2%
(Don't know/Refused) 7%

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 7%
Somewhat optimistic 34%
Somewhat pessimistic 35%
Very pessimistic 17%
(Neither/Mixed) 2%
(Don't Know/Refused) 5%

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