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Wisconsin Voters Prefer Spending Cuts to Reduce State Budget Deficit

As Governor Scott Walker and public employee unions battle in the court of public opinion, Wisconsin voters continue to see spending cuts as the proper path to solving the state’s budgetary woes.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Wisconsin voters finds that 44% believe the state's deficit should be reduced through spending cuts alone. Another eight percent (8%) could see some tax cuts in the mix but would prefer more spending cuts than tax hikes. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

A third of the state’s voters (33%) believe that deficit reduction should include an equal mix of spending cuts and tax hikes.

Only five percent (5%) would like to see more tax hikes than spending cuts, while another five percent (5%) would prefer only tax hikes and no spending cuts.

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The survey of 800 Likely Voters in Wisconsin was conducted on March 2, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 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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