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New Poll: Americans Stand By Spending Cuts In Upcoming Budget Battles

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New Poll: Americans Stand By Spending Cuts In Upcoming Budget Battles
Majority Support Cuts to Accompany Debt Ceiling Increase

Arlington, Va.Public Notice today released the results of a national survey of registered voters. Results show Americans continue to be focused on the economy and nervous about the country’s economic health.  Just 27% of voters report having been impacted by the sequester, while a majority (70%) have not, and a majority (61%) support keeping in place the spending limits agreed to in the Budget Control Act (2011).

When it comes to the debt limit, almost six in 10 think an increase in the debt ceiling should be accompanied by at least dollar-for-dollar cuts.  In addition, large majorities believe increasing government spending (69%) and the national debt (84%) harm the economy.

The survey was conducted by the Tarrance Group via landline and cell phone August 25-28, 2013, among 802 voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.

“Americans are worried about the economic direction of the country and our ever-growing debt,” said Public Notice Executive Director Gretchen Hamel. “With yet another debt ceiling battle on the horizon, they know that we can’t continue down this unsustainable fiscal path, and they’re ready for our leaders in Washington to cut the spending.”

Key findings:

Americans continue to be focused on the economy, and remain nervous about America’s economic health.  Even though it’s been four years since the recession ended, nearly half (48%) believe that the worst is yet to come.  Just one third (33%) believe the worst is behind us, and 15% say the worst is happening right now.

Just 27% of voters report having been impacted by the sequester, while a majority (70%) have not.  Even in light of the spending cuts, they want more.

 

Voters believe cutting spending is good for the economy.  Given the opportunity to identify what helps and hurts the economy, majorities of Americans believe that the economy is harmed by increasing government spending (69%) and the nation’s debt (84%).

 

A majority (61%) of voters support keeping in place the bipartisan spending limits put in place from the Budget Control Act.  Just 28% support abandoning the 2011 agreement and agreeing to a combination of spending and tax increases.

 

Voters handily reject the current practice of automatic spending increases for federal government agencies.  More than four in five voters (82%) say agencies should not get automatic budget increases, while just 13% support the automatic increases.

 

When it comes to the debt limit, a majority (58%) thinks that dollar-for-dollar cuts as part of a debt ceiling deal is just right or not enough spending cuts (34% say the cuts would be just right and 24% say the cuts are too little).  That’s almost six in 10 who think an increase in the debt ceiling should be accompanied by at least dollar-for-dollar cuts.  Just 32% of voters say that dollar-for-dollar cuts as part of a debt ceiling deal are too much.

Click here for the full polling memo.

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