Thursday, December 02, 2010
Though the president’s bipartisan deficit reduction commission is exploring a combination of spending cuts and tax hikes to reduce the massive federal deficit, most voters continue to expect government spending to increase during the Obama years.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows that 63% believe government spending will go up under President Obama, a number that has shifted little over the past year. Just 11% expect spending to decrease during Obama’s presidency, while 21% say it will stay about the same. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Meanwhile, a slight plurality (41%) expects their own personal taxes to be raised during the Obama years, while nearly as many (35%) say their taxes will remain about the same. But only 15% expect the amount they pay in taxes to go down while Obama is in office.
Voters were a bit more divided on the question in early November, but these numbers have remained relatively consistent over the past year.
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