The balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution that failed to pass in Congress this year might have met with more success in state legislatures, according to a new survey by LEXIS and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The survey of 871 state legislators and their staffs, conducted within weeks of the House's narrow defeat of the amendment in June, reveals that nearly two-thirds of the lawmakers would vote to include a balanced budget requirement in the constitution. The figure was 91% among Republicans and 41% among Democrats.

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