As President Joe Biden prepares to face off with House Republicans over the U.S. government’s debt ceiling, a majority of voters would rather have a government shutdown than to have Congress sign off on more spending.
That's according to the latest Rasmussen Reports.
The survey found that 56% of "likely" U.S. voters would rather have a partial government shutdown until Congress can agree to either cut spending or keep it the same.
Just 34% would rather avoid a partial shutdown by authorizing more spending.
Four years ago, when President Donald Trump and Democrats squared off over the debt ceiling, 54% preferred a shutdown.
Biden has suggested tax increases as part of his plans for a debt-ceiling fix.
However, most voters think spending is the problem.
Sixty-six percent (66%) believe politicians’ unwillingness to reduce government spending is more to blame for the size of the federal deficit than taxpayers’ unwillingness to pay more in taxes.
Twenty-one percent (21%) think taxpayers are more to blame for the size of the deficit.
Another 13% are not sure.
To see survey question wording, click here.