Additional Research

Voters Believe the Federal Government Should Exercise More Fiscal Discipline

September 13, 2010
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Voters believe the federal government should do more to exercise fiscal discipline even in light of more spending to help the economy. On a 0 to 10 issue scale contrasting liberal and conservative statements, voters indentified where they position themselves, President Obama, congressional Democrats and congressional Republicans. Thirty-nine (39) percent of voters (and 46 percent of Independents) place themselves at the conservative “10” point on the scale, the closest alignment possible to the belief that it is a “higher priority for the federal government right now to spend less to reduce the budget deficit.” Only 16 percent of voters (and 14 percent of Independents) place themselves at the liberal “0” point on the scale, the closest alignment possible to the argument it is a “higher priority for the federal government right now to spend more money to help the economy recover.” Independents perceive President Obama and congressional Democrats as more aligned with the liberal statement on government spending than any of the other issue scales (Obama: 46 percent say “0” with an overall mean of 2.5; congressional Democrats: 39 percent say “0” with an overall mean of 2.8).



Read the full report: Independent Voters’ Opposition To President Obama And Democrats In Congress Has Calcified

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