The public remains opposed to raising the nation's debt ceiling as lawmakers struggle to develop a plan to hike the legal borrowing limit, a new poll released Friday shows.
Forty-seven percent say they don't want their member of Congress to vote to raise the limit, compared to 19 percent who do. Thirty-four percent say they don't know enough to say, according to a Gallup poll.
Democrats and Republicans are deadlocked on a deal to raise the limit, which the U.S. is expected to reach by Aug. 2.
Republicans and some Democrats have said that they will not vote to raise the debt ceiling without serious spending cuts and fiscal reforms attached. But President Obama and Democratic leaders have urged Republicans not to play politics with the vote, arguing that failing to hike the limit would lead to a debt default that would send shockwaves throughout world financial markets.
GOP leaders, meanwhile, are facing tremendous pressure from their base not to raise the debt ceiling: Republicans polled don't want it hiked by a whopping 70-8 percent.
Independets, a critical voting bloc for both parties in 2012, oppose raising the debt ceiling 46-15 percent. Democrats say they want it raised by a margin of 33-26 percent.
Opposition heightens among the 23 percent who say they are following the proceedings very closely: Sixty-two percent don't want the limit raised, compared to 25 percent who support raising it.
Gallup conducted a telephone survey of 1,018 adults between May 5-8. The margin of error is four percentage points.