Democracy Corps underscores their recommendations that were offered earlier on strongest messaging in the debt-ceiling debate - both for independent swing voters and the broad progressive base. These points move the needle. In this memo, Democracy Corps highlighted what works and for whom.

Key Findings

  • Most Important Point: the government will not be able to pay men and women in uniform and the elderly will not see their Social Security checks.
  • Also Important Point: this will cause an economic crisis that threatens Medicare through the back door.
  • Final Point for the Progressive Base: Republicans are using this crisis to pass their plan to end Medicare.

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National survey of 1000 likely 2012 voters conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for Democracy Corps June 18-21, 2011. Margin of error: +/-3.1 percentage points unless otherwise noted.

Source: Stanley Greenberg and Erica Seifert

Client: Democracy Corps