45% Think Deficit Should Be Reduced By Spending Cuts Alone
48% Think Health Care Law Will Hurt Economy More Than Spending Cuts, 29% Disagree
54% Say Raising Taxes More Likely To Hurt Economy Than Spending Cuts
Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted February 24-25, 2013
By Rasmussen Reports
1* Should the long-term federal budget deficit be reduced by cutting spending, by raising taxes, or combination of tax hikes and spending cuts?
2* Suppose Congress and the president agreed upon a long-term plan to significantly reduce federal spending and the deficit. The spending cuts were real but there was still a small deficit, would you personally be willing to pay a bit more in taxes to balance the budget?
3* What is more likely to hurt the economy—the president’s health care law or cutting government spending?
4* Okay, what is more likely to hurt the economy—raising taxes or cutting government spending?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence