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30% Consider Significant Spending Cuts Likely Over Next Few Years

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

As the deadline for raising the federal debt ceiling approaches, most voters still want lawmakers to consider spending cuts in all federal government programs - without exceptions - but don’t expect any significant cuts to be made.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of Likely U.S. Voters believe thoughtful spending cuts should be considered in every program of the federal government, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Twenty-four percent (24%) disagree, while 13% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national telephone survey of 1000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports from October 10-11, 2013. The margin of sampling error for the survey 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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