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What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls - Week Ending February 18, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Money, money, money. The conservative backlash witnessed in last November’s elections is now hitting the bottom line.

House Republicans closed the week with a vote to cut $60 billion out of the current federal budget, and Democrats are screaming bloody murder. Meanwhile, partisan warfare has erupted in Wisconsin where a new conservative GOP governor with a sizable state budget deficit wants to severely restrict the collective bargaining power of public employees. Other states are expected to follow his lead.

Rasmussen Reports has regularly asked voters for several years to rate the importance of 10 key issues, and the economy is always number one. Eighty-three percent (83%) now rate it as a Very Important issue. Voters also have consistently told us for years that what’s best for the economy is less government spending and more tax cuts.

Despite President Obama’s insistence that his proposed $3.7 trillion federal budget for fiscal 2012 includes major spending cuts, most voters (55%) don’t think the cuts go far enough. A plurality (40%) of voters don’t think the congressional GOP is cutting enough either.


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