Almost two-thirds of Americans support a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget, according to a new Sachs/Mason-Dixon poll. The survey found that 65 percent support such a move, while 27 oppose it and 8 percent are unsure, according to The Daily Caller
, which says it obtained the results exclusively.
Support between Democrats and Republicans was split 45 and 81 percent, respectively, while opposition between the parties was 44 and 11 percent. A 64 percent majority of Republican respondents said they would be more apt to vote for a pro-amendment presidential candidate, versus 21 percent of Democrats.
The findings could spur some consensus in Washington over the debt ceiling question, which has an Aug. 2 deadline.
“Americans are concerned about our nation’s deepening deficit and as a result, an overwhelming number support a balanced budget amendment,” according to a news release from Ron Sachs Communications, which ordered the poll. The release also points out that almost every state has an amendment requiring a balanced budget.
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