40% of Americans spend up to half of their income servicing debt

America is drowning in debt:

Americans are struggling to get out of the red.

Some 40% of Americans with debt are spending up to half of their monthly income paying it back. And that may not even be enough to cover how much they owe. That’s according to a study on debt Thursday released by Northwestern Mutual, a life insurance and financial services company. The polling company Harris Poll surveyed more than 2,000 U.S. adults in February 2017 on behalf of Northwestern Mutual.

The survey found that nearly half of Americans are carrying at least $25,000 in debt, with an average debt of $37,000, excluding mortgage payments. About one in 10 surveyed said their debt was more than $100,000. “It becomes an ongoing cycle and really hard to get out of, given that people are not prioritizing debt and saving for their future as the first part of their budget,” Rebekah Barsch, the vice-president of planning at Northwestern Mutual, said.

The government is even worse off. This from the Director of National Intelligence:

“The failure to address our long-term fiscal situation has increased the national debt to over $20 trillion and growing,” Coats said. “This situation is unsustainable, as I think we all know, and represents a dire threat to our economic and national security.”

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