Polls: Americans Don't Connect With Budget Crisis

Originally published on July 11, 2011 6:21 pm
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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.


And I'm Michele Norris.

When it comes to the debate over the budget and the debt ceiling, everyone in Washington has an opinion. Today, we wanted to get outside of the Beltway to ask people what they think.

Here are some opinions about what default means starting in Ohio.

Ms. TERRY TONY(ph): Terry Tony from Oxford. The default I think will be devastating for us as a country.

Mr. JERICHO HATCHEY(ph): Jericho Hatchey, Cincinnati. I think it probably affects bond prices. I don't think it affects me, though.

Ms. DEBBIE WATSON: Debbie Watson, Westchester. I want them to stand firm on no additional increases in taxes.

Ms. MAHA BASHRI(ph): My name is Maha Bashri and I live in Peoria, Illinois. Personally, I think the wealthy should have their taxes raised.

Mr. MICHAEL MALONE: My name is Michael Malone. I'm a resident here in Chicago. I am a bike messenger, so when business in general slows down, our business slows down. I've been hearing about another recession coming soon, so I don't know. We'll see.

Ms. DMITRA KALAYIOS(ph): My name is Dmitra Kalayios and I'm from Farmington Hills, Michigan. The economy would crumble. I mean it would be, I think, if we defaulted on loans, it would be like anyone defaulting on a lone. You know, I mean, you think default, you think negative.

Mr. CHARLES DEMULLINAX(ph): My name is Charles Demullinax. I'm from Cincinnati, Ohio. I'm a semi-retired attorney, and I don't want them to raise the debt limit. I have four grandchildren and I don't want them to straddle more debt on my grandchildren's back. I just think it's wrong.

NORRIS: Some thoughts on a government default from outside of Washington. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.