Friday, August 05, 2011
President Obama and Congress agreed to cut a trillion dollars in federal spending over the next decade as part of the recently concluded debt ceiling deal, but most voters doubt that will actually happen.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 30% of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s at least somewhat likely the federal government will cut spending by a trillion dollars in the next 10 years, with a mere eight percent (8%) who say it's Very Likely. Sixty-two percent (62%) think the spending cut is unlikely, including 25% who say it’s Not At All Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Congress will form a special committee to recommend long-term fiscal reforms and make additional cuts by the end of the year. If the committee cannot make a deal in time, automatic across-the-board spending cuts are supposed to go into effect, including cuts in Medicare and defense spending. But a plurality (47%) doesn't think Congress is likely to let these across-the-board cuts take place. Forty-two percent (42%) believe Congress is at least somewhat likely to allow them to happen. These findings include 13% who say it’s Very Likely and 10% who believe it’s Not At All Likely.
But then only 29% favor these automatic spending cuts if Congress doesn’t reduce spending by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 3-4, 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 $3.95/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 $3.95 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.