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Poll: Public rejects 'clean' debt deal, wants spending cuts

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The public is not happy with the House GOP leadership's passage of a “clean” debt ceiling increase, preferring it to include big spending cuts just as the Republicans had promised before switching gears.

What's more, a new Rasmussen Reports poll finds the public supportive of even bigger and more sweeping spending cuts than they did when the GOP shut down the government last year.

Rasmussen found that 57 percent believe the “best approach for dealing with the debt ceiling issue is to only raise it as part of a deal that includes significant spending cuts,” said Rasmussen on Thursday. Another 11 percent supported no increase in the debt ceiling and a federal government default on its debt. And 19 percent said default would be good for the economy, despite dire warnings from Hill and administration leaders.

The government expects to go broke later this month. The Senate is expected to OK the House deal and send it to the president, who plans to sign it.

Fans of greater spending cuts, however, seem fatalistic about lawmakers and their promises. Just 5 percent said that long-term spending cuts are likely. Some 71 percent said that a deal to make significant cuts is unlikely.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on Feb. 10-11, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.