New poll: Stop spending our money and cut the deficit

The American people have apparently reached their limit of patience with regard to Obamanomics.

A new New York Times-CBS poll shows majorities in favor of reducing spending, not raising taxes, and against any Stimulus II that the Demcrats may want to cram down our throats.

Dalia Sussman writing in the Times' Caucus Blog:

Most Americans continue to want the federal government to focus on reducing the budget deficit rather than spending money to stimulate the national economy, a new New York Times/CBS News poll finds. Yet at the same time, most oppose some proposed solution for decreasing it.

Fifty-six percent of respondents said that they were not willing to pay more in taxes in order to reduce the deficit, and nearly as many said they were not willing for the government to provide fewer services in areas such as health care, education and defense spending.

Preference for deficit reduction ahead of spending to boost the economy peaks at 79 percent among Republicans, and also includes 60 percent of independents. It falls below half, to 43 percent, among Democrats.

Views of some solutions to the high deficit reflect underlying political philosophies, the poll found. Democrats are the most opposed to having fewer government services - 62 percent are against it, compared with 50 percent of independents and 45 percent of Republicans. Republicans, for their part, are broadly opposed to paying more in taxes - 69 percent are, compared with 56 percent of independents and 48 percent of Democrats.


The message is clear; get serious about reducing the frightening deficits we are facing and do it by cutting, not increasing spending.

The Democrats will not heed this message. Whether the GOP will be able to take advantage of it is another question.

 

The American people have apparently reached their limit of patience with regard to Obamanomics.

A new New York Times-CBS poll shows majorities in favor of reducing spending, not raising taxes, and against any Stimulus II that the Demcrats may want to cram down our throats.

Dalia Sussman writing in the Times' Caucus Blog:

Most Americans continue to want the federal government to focus on reducing the budget deficit rather than spending money to stimulate the national economy, a new New York Times/CBS News poll finds. Yet at the same time, most oppose some proposed solution for decreasing it.

Fifty-six percent of respondents said that they were not willing to pay more in taxes in order to reduce the deficit, and nearly as many said they were not willing for the government to provide fewer services in areas such as health care, education and defense spending.

Preference for deficit reduction ahead of spending to boost the economy peaks at 79 percent among Republicans, and also includes 60 percent of independents. It falls below half, to 43 percent, among Democrats.

Views of some solutions to the high deficit reflect underlying political philosophies, the poll found. Democrats are the most opposed to having fewer government services - 62 percent are against it, compared with 50 percent of independents and 45 percent of Republicans. Republicans, for their part, are broadly opposed to paying more in taxes - 69 percent are, compared with 56 percent of independents and 48 percent of Democrats.


The message is clear; get serious about reducing the frightening deficits we are facing and do it by cutting, not increasing spending.

The Democrats will not heed this message. Whether the GOP will be able to take advantage of it is another question.