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Poll: Half of US Finds Debt Increase Necessary

A survey of Americans shows that only about half of them think it is "absolutely essential" to increase the country's borrowing authority by Thursday to avert a default on U.S. debts, while more than a third think the country can go past the deadline without major economic problems.   The Pew Research Center said it surveyed more than 1,500 Americans in recent days, with 51 percent saying the country's $16.7 trillion debt ceiling should be increased so the U.S. can ...

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