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54% Predict Government Spending Will Go Up Under Obama, Lowest Finding of Presidency

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

While voters aren’t convinced government spending will actually be cut, the number that thinks government spending will increase under President Obama is at the lowest level since he took office.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 54% now expect government spending to increase under Barack Obama. That’s down from 60% last month and ties the lowest finding measured just after Obama was elected president in November 2008.

Still, only 16% believe government spending will go down, though that’s also the highest finding of Obama’s presidency. Twenty-two percent (22%) think government spending will stay about the same during Obama’s time in office. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on August 7-8, 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.


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