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Toplines - Federal Deficit I - February 2-3, 2010

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National Survey of 1,000 Adults
Conducted February 2-3, 2010

By Rasmussen Reports

1* How concerned are about the size of the federal budget deficit – very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, not at all concerned?

65% Very concerned
21% Somewhat concerned
10% Not very concerned
2% Not at all concerned
1% Not sure

2* Does the government spend taxpayers’ money wisely and carefully?

11% Yes
78% No
11% Not sure

3* Which is more to blame for the size of the federal deficit – taxpayers’ unwillingness to pay more in taxes or politicians’ unwillingness to reduce government spending?

9% Taxpayers’ unwillingness to pay more in taxes
83% Politicians’ unwillingness to reduce government spending
8% Not sure

NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence