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Questions - Automatic Spending Cuts - February 6-7, 2013

46% Say Deficit Should Be Reduced By Spending Cuts Alone
Only 36% Think President, Congress Should Stop March 1 Spending Cuts
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National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted February 6-7, 2013
By Rasmussen Reports


1* How closely have you followed recent news stories about automatic cuts in federal spending scheduled to go into effect on March 1?


2* Should President Obama and the Congress stop the automatic spending cuts from going into effect on March 1?


3* Sometimes, when politicians use the phrase spending cuts they really mean just a reduction in the growth of spending. Will the automatic spending cuts scheduled for March 1 really cut spending or will they merely reduce the growth of spending?


4* To avoid the automatic spending cuts, some politicians have suggested that a combination of tax hikes and other spending cuts should be offered instead. Should Congress allow the automatic spending cuts to take place or replace them with a combination of tax hikes and other spending cuts?


5* Should the long-term federal budget deficit be reduced by cutting spending, by raising taxes, or by a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts?


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