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.
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.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
ORBecome a member and get full access to all articles and polls starting at $4.95/month.
Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.
We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.
Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.
To learn more about our methodology, click here.