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February 08, 2011 15:15 ET

American Pulse™: Nine in Ten Voters Say National Debt Level Is Bad; Majority Concerned About Impact on Personal Finances

Uneasiness Exists About Quality of Health Care, Protests in Egypt

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - February 8, 2011) - 90.7% of Registered Voters say the current national debt level is somewhat/very bad, according to the latest American Pulse™ Survey of 8,225 respondents. Further, an overwhelming majority of voters across political parties are concerned the current debt level will negatively impact their personal financial situation:

How concerned are you that the current level of national debt will negatively impact your personal financial situation? 

  Voters Republicans Democrats Independents
Not at all/not very concerned 8.4% 5.0% 12.5% 7.1%
Neutral 14.0% 10.5% 18.1% 12.8%
Somewhat/very concerned 77.6% 84.5% 69.4% 80.1%

Source: American Pulse™, Feb-11

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64% of voters don't think the Obama administration is doing enough to lower the national debt (compared to 16.2% who say it is). And an even higher percentage (79.5%) says Congress isn't doing enough (compared to 5.8% who say it is).

Voters also appear uneasy about the quality of health care in America as a result of the Health Care Reform Act. Over half (51.1%) say the quality will diminish, compared to 25.6% who say it will improve and 23.2% who believe it will stay the same. 44.3% believe the legislation is unconstitutional, 34.6% say it's not (21% don't know).

When it comes to unrest in the Middle East, 69.2% of voters say they are somewhat/very concerned about the protests in Egypt. (18.7% are neutral and 12.1% are not at all/not very concerned.) Further, 65.3% are somewhat/very concerned that the turmoil will threaten the U.S. economy (versus 19.3% who are neutral and 15.4% who aren't concerned).

Also in this month's American Pulse, a special look at smartphone security. Are Americans worried about the amount of personal information stored in their smartphones? Are they concerned about potential identity theft if their smartphones were stolen? Find out in a special complimentary analysis on Slideshare:

American Pulse™
The American Pulse™ Survey is collected online by BIGresearch® twice a month exclusively utilizing SSI's U.S. panel covering topics such as politics, pop culture and the economy. 8,225 respondents participated in the 1st February American Pulse conducted 2/2-2/4/11. Margin of error is +/- 1.1%.

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