WASHINGTON - Americans are overwhelmingly concerned about the US debt crisis and a majority back the type of compromise pushed by President Barack Obama to end the impasse, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Tuesday.
Fifty-six percent of people said lawmakers and Obama should agree to a combination of both tax hikes and cuts to government programs to end deadlock in debt talks.
Obama and Republicans are at odds over how to put America's fiscal house in order. Obama prefers a mix of spending cuts and tax increases to reduce the deficit, while Republicans back deep spending cuts alone and no increase in taxes. Eighty-three percent of people polled said they were concerned about the failure of debt talks so far and 54 percent said they were very concerned.
Blame for the debt impasse is fairly evenly distributed, with 31 percent holding Republican lawmakers responsible, 21 percent blaming Obama, and 9 percent blaming Democratic lawmakers.