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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

What America Thinks: Voters Aren’t Feeling the Love for the Government

Voters want President Obama and the Republican-led Congress to work together: The problem is that, depending on their party, voters want them to do completely different things. So where do we go from here? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Support is down for completely repealing Obama’s national health care law, while slightly more now favor going through the law piece by piece to improve it. But just 14% want to leave the health care law alone. Most Republicans favor scrapping Obamacare entirely, while half of Democrats want to take the piecemeal approach. Voters not affiliated with either major political party are evenly divided.

But voters aren’t as understanding when it comes to Obama’s order protecting up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation. Just a third of all voters think Congress should allow that order to stand. Most voters want Congress to find a way to stop it, but only 33% of Democrats agree.

It also doesn’t bode well for Congress and the president that nearly two-thirds of voters think big government is the problem, not the solution. Republicans would happily cut the size of government, but the president is pushing congressional Democrats to restore all the budget cuts Congress has made in the last couple years.

Obama also wants $320 billion in new taxes on the wealthiest Americans including raising capital gains and inheritance taxes. Democrats overwhelmingly support the president’s tax plan, but most voters suspect it will lead to more taxes on the middle class, too. Two-thirds of all voters already believe Americans are overtaxed, but Democrats don’t believe that as much as Republicans and unaffiliated voters do.

In short, gridlock looks inevitable. For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.