Polling: Behind the scenes at Gallup, interviewers and editors try to find out how Americans will vote on election day. With the media’s dependence on public opinion statistics, news consumers must educate themselves about which surveys provide valuable data and why.
Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll joined the Monitor Breakfast this morning to report the latest research results. Based on frequent polling of Americans about their most important problems the national debt and deficit aren’t central in their concerns.
There is still relatively low mention of the debt and the deficit on the part of the American public. It’s the economy and jobs which are the major issue. - Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll
Still, a solid majority of Americans want elected officials to compromise to reach a deal to raise the national debt ceiling, which is currently set at $14.3 trillion, the USA Today/Gallup Poll out this week found. Two-thirds favored compromise, versus 27 percent who want members of Congress who share their views on the debt and budget deficit to hold out for their desired plan, the Gallup survey found. A majority of Americans of each political stripe – Republicans, independents, and Democrats – favor a compromise.
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