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50% Oppose Obama Budget, 54% Say It Doesn’t Cut Enough

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Senate Republicans are calling for side-by-side votes on President Obama’s 2012 budget proposal and the House-approved debt reduction plan by Republican Congressman Paul Ryan. While opposition to Ryan’s proposal is increasing, even more voters are saying no to the president’s.

A new Rasmussen Reports national survey of Likely Voters finds that just 30% favor Obama’s budget proposal based on what they’ve seen, heard or read. Fifty-percent (50%) oppose the president’s plan. Twenty percent (20%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

By comparison, slightly fewer voters (26%) favor Ryan’s proposal, but fewer (34%) also oppose it. A sizable 40% still don’t know enough about the plan to have any opinion of it.

Generally speaking, 54% of voters believe Obama’s budget plan does not cut spending enough, a figure that is virtually unchanged from February. Only nine percent (9%) believe the president’s plan cuts spending too much, while 23% say the proposal has about the right amount of spending cuts. Fourteen percent (14%) are not sure.

When asked about the details, 38% of voters believe the president’s deficit reduction proposal relies mostly on tax hikes. Just 14% believe the proposal emphasizes mostly spending cuts. Thirty-two percent (32%) say the proposal suggests a fairly even balance of spending cuts and tax hikes. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided.

These perceptions suggest why most voters aren't sold on the president's proposal. After all, only 11% like a plan that relies mostly on tax hikes. A plurality (47%) prefers to see a proposal for deficit reduction that relies mostly on spending cuts, while 39% would rather see a fairly even balance of spending cuts and tax hikes.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 1-2, 2011, 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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