National Survey of
1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted May 23-24, 2011
By Rasmussen Reports
1* Over the past ten years, has government spending in American gone up, down, or stayed about the same?
2* Some people believe that government spending should be allowed to grow only as much as the growth of population plus inflation. Over the past ten years, has government spending grown more than the growth of population plus inflation, less than the growth of population plus inflation, or about the same?
3* Would you favor or oppose a law that limits government spending in America each year so that spending could grow only enough to cover population growth plus inflation?
4* Would you prefer a stricter spending limit, a looser spending limit, or no spending limit? (Only Asked to those who opposed limiting government spending to growth of population plus inflation – 210 Likely Voters)
5* Which is more likely to occur first, that the federal budget will be balanced or that the federal government will go bankrupt and be unable to pay its debt?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence