A majority 60% of Americans say spending cuts should accompany a debt ceiling increase, according to a CNN poll.
Additionally, 24% said Congress should raise the debt ceiling "no matter what" while 15% said lawmakers shouldn't raise it and "allow the U.S. to default on its debts."
Talks between House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and the Biden administration have stalled as Republican negotiators say there is a "significant gap between where we are and where they are."
"Unless and until the White House recognizes that this is a spending problem, then we're gonna continue to have a significant gap," Rep. Garrett Graves, R-La., told reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
Graves is a top proxy for McCarthy in the talks.
The White House has discussed reducing the deficit by closing tax loopholes and raising taxes on billionaires, a suggestion rejected by Republicans.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday said default isn't an option and insisted that the talks have been productive.
"We believe there is a space and an opportunity here to have a bipartisan, reasonable ... budget agreement," she said.
The CNN poll, conducted May 17-20, surveyed 1,227 U.S. adults and had a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.
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