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19% Say Hardly Anybody Believes More Government Spending Is Good for the Economy

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Obama administration has acted on the belief that increased government spending is good for the economy, and a solid plurality of voters recognize that this view is not widely shared by the American people.

In fact, 47% of Likely U.S. Voters recognize that it’s mostly liberals who believe that more government spending will help the economy.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 14% of voters mistakenly believe that most Americans agree more government spending is an economic booster, while 19% say hardly anybody believes that to be true. Seven percent (7%) say the position is held mostly by conservatives. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Those perceptions are found at a time when just 29% of voters believe hiking government spending is good for the economy. 

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Republicans and 53% of voters not affiliated with either of the major parties understand that the idea of more government spending helping the economy is shared mostly by liberals. But just 31% of Democrats agree.

Twenty percent (20%) of Democrats, in fact, say most Americans believe in more government spending as a economic cure, a view shared by just seven percent (7%) of GOP voters and 13% of unaffiliateds.

Ideological moderates (23%) feel more strongly than conservatives (17%) and liberals (15%) that hardly anybody believes that policy position.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 18-19, 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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