Poll: GOP Voters Split on How to Handle Debt Ceiling Increase

By: By Thomas Beaumont AP
By: By Thomas Beaumont AP

PELLA, Iowa (AP) -- It's no wonder that Republican presidential
candidates are divided over whether to increase the federal
borrowing limit.

GOP voters are, too.

Fiscal hard-liners in early-voting states say they won't back someone who supports raising the debt ceiling under any condition.

They say the debate in Washington gives the 2012 candidates a
chance to show stark differences with Democrat Barack Obama.

Other voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina say they
are upset about spending.

But they also say the debt ceiling must be raised as part of a broader deficit-reduction strategy.

Some candidates oppose an increase.

But most have adopted nuanced positions.

They recognize the universal anxiety in the GOP base about the federal debt, but are wary of making promises that could be difficult to keep.

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