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Questions - Deficit Reduction Plan - September 21-22, 2011

If Taxes Hiked to Reduce Deficit, 62% Think It Will Be Spent on New Programs
50% Favor Mix of Cuts, Taxes To Reduce Deficit, But 64% Oppose Paying Higher Taxes
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National Survey of 1,000 Adults
Conducted September 21-22, 2011

By Rasmussen Reports


1* How closely have you followed news reports about President Obama’s debt reduction plan?

2* How concerned are you about the size of the federal budget deficit?

3* In looking for ways to cut the federal deficit, should Congress and the President consider only tax increases, only spending cuts, or a mix of spending cuts and tax increases?

4* If a mix of spending cuts and tax increases is proposed, should there be more spending cuts or more tax increases?

5* Regardless of what you think should happen, is the debt reduction agreement reached by the president and Congress likely to propose more spending cuts or more tax increases?

6* If the agreement includes spending cuts, how likely is Congress to actually cut spending?

7* If the agreement includes tax hikes, how likely is Congress to actually increase taxes?

8* If Congress and the President raise taxes to reduce the federal deficit, are they likely to use the new tax money for deficit reduction or would they spend it on new government programs?

9* Are you willing to pay higher taxes to reduce the deficit?

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