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Voters Skeptical About Spending Cuts In Debt Ceiling Debate

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Even if the president and Congress can agree on a plan to raise the debt ceiling that raises taxes on the wealthy and cuts spending, less than half of America’s voters believe the spending cuts would actually happen.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 45% say it’s at least somewhat likely that government would actually cut spending if the president and Congress agreed to a plan that includes tax hikes on the wealthy and spending decreases. Slightly more voters (49%) don’t see spending cuts as a likely outcome. These findings include 13% who say spending cuts are Very Likely and 18% who say they are Not At All Likely to happen. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 16-17, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points witha 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.See methodology.

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