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Voters Blame Size of Deficit on Politicians’ Unwillingness to Cut

Voters want budget cuts, but most also recognize that politicians will be hard to sell on the idea.

Seventy percent (70%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe the unwillingness of politicians to cut government spending is more to blame for the size of the federal deficit than taxpayer’s unwillingness to pay more in taxes. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 21% see taxpayers’ unwillingness to pay more as the chief problem. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 16 and 19, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 16 and 19, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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