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Americans Less Certain About Commission’s Plan to Reduce Deficit

The chairmen of President Obama’s bipartisan deficit reduction commission released draft proposals Wednesday that included plans for tax increases and spending cuts for entitlement programs that drew sharp criticism from both sides of the political aisle.Americans are now a bit less sure as to whether the commission will push more tax hikes or more spending cuts in order to reduce the deficit.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Adults shows that 40% think the deficit reduction commission will likely propose more tax increases to deal with the budget deficit. But 33% say the commission is more likely to propose more spending cuts. Another 19% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Those numbers have shifted from April, when over half of adults (51%) said the commission was likely to propose more tax hikes and only 22% said it would push for more spending cuts.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on November 12-13, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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