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NBC/WSJ poll: Majority says not raising debt ceiling would be problematic

A majority of Americans say that Congress failing to raise the debt ceiling would be a real and serious problem, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Fifty-five percent of all respondents -- including 63 percent of Democrats, 59 percent of independents and 47 percent of Republicans -- believe that not raising the ceiling would be problematic.

That's compared with just 18 percent who say it wouldn't be a real and serious problem. But that number jumps up to 33 percent among self-identified Tea Party supporters.

The Obama administration has said that Aug. 2 -- exactly two weeks from now -- is the date when the U.S. Treasury Department exhausts its borrowing authority, unless the debt ceiling is increased.

The full NBC/WSJ poll, which will be released at 6:30 pm ET, was taken of 1,000 adults (including 200 by cell phone) from July 14-17. It has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points.