Majority of Americans want spending cuts in debt limit deal

May 22, 2023

While President Biden preemptively blames so-called "extreme MAGA Republicans" for a possible government default, most Americans reject Biden's uncompromising approach to the debt limit, according to a new AP poll.

mere 19 percent of Americans agree with Biden's view that the debt limit should be raised without conditions, whereas a whopping 63 percent of Americans say the debt limit should be raised only with an agreement to reduce the federal deficit.

Remarkably, 58 percent of Democrats agree with Speaker Kevin McCarthy's (D-Ca.) basic position that there must be conditions to trim spending.

Brutal Biden poll

Just 6 percent of Democrats say the limit should be raised without conditions, but incredibly, half of Democrats still say they approve of how Biden is handling the matter.

That deep polarization is reflected in the stalemated negotiations. The parties remain far apart from a deal, with the deadline to avoid default approaching as soon as June 1.

Biden and the Democrats have accused "MAGA Republicans" of taking the economy hostage with extreme demands for draconian cuts.

Democrats have also harped on a theme of fiscal responsibility, insisting that "America pays its debts," something the government hasn't actually done for decades. The national debt has ballooned to $31 trillion, with Biden contributing his fair share through reckless spending.

Speaker McCarthy has rejected Biden's demand to continue the vicious cycle of profligate spending.

"The Democrats in Washington have been addicted to spending for the last two years. It’s time to end their addiction," McCarthy tweeted Monday.

Biden blameless?

While Biden has recently begun talking with McCarthy, the president is still taking a truculent tone.

Rather than negotiate a cent in savings, Biden has threatened to invoke the 14th amendment to raise the limit unilaterally.

Even though the public largely disagrees with his approach, Biden stubbornly insisted Sunday that he would be "blameless" in the event of a default. 

“I think there are some MAGA Republicans in the House who know the damage that it would do to the economy and because I am president, and presidents are responsible for everything, ‘Biden would take the blame,'” he said. “‘And that’s the one way to make sure Biden’s not re-elected.'”

Biden has repeatedly claimed to have reduced the deficit, a claim so brazenly false that even the usually Biden-friendly Washington Post has refuted him.

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