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8 percent overall say “the people are in charge of the government”; 4 percent of Republicans and 13 percent of Democrats agree.

62 percent overall say the federal debt limit should be increased only after making “major cuts in government spending”; 77 percent of Republicans and 48 percent of Democrats agree.

27 percent say the debt limit must be raised and it is “reckless” not to raise it; 11 percent of Republicans and 42 percent of Democrats agree.

58 percent overall would vote against raising the debt limit if they served in Congress; 78 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of Democrats agree.

37 percent overall would vote in favor of raising the debt limit; 15 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Fox News poll of 952 registered U.S. voters conducted Oct. 1 and 2.

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