As Democratic and Republican congressional legislators head toward a possible government shutdown over their federal budget and debt ceiling differences, more than 60 percent of Americans want spending cuts.
With the political rhetoric between congressional Democrats and Republicans heating up on the issues of the federal budget, the Affordable Care Act, and the debt ceiling, more than 6 in 10 Americans expressed their interest in seeing the government enact meaningful spending cuts.
According to a Rasmussen Reports poll published earlier this week, 64 percent of Americans surveyed believe that spending cuts are the best option for the economy.
While Americans polled remained divided on the extent to which the government should involve itself in the economy, it is clear that spending restraints and cuts are seen as the most desired approach.
In a Bloomberg poll, 61 percent of survey participants want spending cuts implemented before the debt ceiling is raised, as the Heritage Foundation cited in their blog.
Those surveyed by Bloomberg shared a belief that "congress lacks discipline on spending."
"Washington has raised the debt limit seven times during Obama’s presidency, adding $43,000 of debt for every American household in just the past four years," the Heritage Foundation's Michael Sargent wrote. "And the last time Congress and the President raised the debt ceiling, not only did they fail to accomplish any spending cuts; they also racked up an additional $300 billion in national debt."