Why do Americans oppose raising the debt limit?

Gallup has just posted more than 700 open-ended responses from the Americans that they polled who oppose raising the debt limit. These are not canned or prompted responses. They are the real views of average Americans in their own words. The question Gallup asked was: “What are some of the reasons why you would want your member of Congress to vote against raising the debt ceiling?” Here are some answer highlights:

“MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN CAN’T AFFORD TO PAY THAT DEBT. WE NEED TO PAY OUR OWN DEBTS NOW.”

“I JUST THINK THE DEBT CEILING IS RAISED IT JUST ALLOWS MORE SPENDING.”

“OUR COUNTRY JUST CANT AFFORD IT. WE CAN’T KEEP PRINTING MONEY. IF WE RUN SHORT, WE CUT BACK. I JUST THINK WE HAVE TO LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS.”

“IF I HAVE TO LIVE IN A BUDGET SO SHOULD THEY.”

“THE MORE THEY HAVE THE MORE THEY WILL SPEND.”

“THE FURTHER WE GO INTO DEBT WE ARE EITHER GOING TO END UP BANKRUPT OR END UP LIKE GREECE OR THE MONEY WON’T BE WORTH ANYTHING.”

“TO ME, GIVING THE GOVERNMENT PERMISSION TO RAISE DEBT CEILING IS GIVING THE PERMISSION TO OVERSPEND SOME MORE.”

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