At a solo press conference this morning, the fifteenth of his presidency, Barack Obama was asked why a sizable part of the public does not seem convinced that the debt ceiling ought to be raised. "
An Associated Press poll conducted at the end of June found that 41 percent of Americans oppose raising the debt ceiling, compared with 38 percent who support it. That’s slightly lower than a Gallup poll conducted in May, which found that 47 percentwere opposed to a debt ceiling increase, with only 19 percent supporting it.
The AP poll discovered that 61 percent believe either the debt ceiling shouldn’t be raised at all or should be raised only with “significant spending cuts” attached. But as the president reiterated several times this morning, he believes the government faces “debt and deficits” problem—not a federal spending problem. Nevertheless, Obama said he thinks the American people could be persuaded.