House members part ways with party rank-and-file on debt-ceiling bill

Americans who identify themselves as Democrats strongly support the debt-ceiling bill, which was opposed by half the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, while Republicans overwhelmingly oppose the measure backed by most GOP Congressmen, a new Gallup poll says.

The poll finds that 58 percent of Democrats approve of the measure, with 28 percent opposed; Democrats in the House were split exactly evenly. Only 26 percent of Republicans backed the deal, with 64 percent opposed;  more than 70 percent of GOP House members voted for it.

The measure won approval from both sides in the Senate, with 88 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Republicans voting “yea.”