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Questions - Budget Deficit - January 23-24, 2011

Voters Wary of State of the Union Spending Proposals

Just 22% Say Obama Likely to Meet 2009 Goal of Cutting Deficit in Half

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National Survey of 1,000 Likely Voters
Conducted January 23-24, 2011

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1* In a major address to Congress early in his presidency, President Obama stated that cutting the deficit in half was a top priority for his first term in office. How important is it to cut the federal deficit in half?


2* How likely is it that the president will cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term in office?


3* A proposal has been made for the federal government to spend more money in areas like education, transportation and technological innovation. At this time, would you favor or oppose the federal government spending more money in areas like these?


4* What would do more to help the economy—cutting federal spending or increasing federal spending in areas like education, transportation and technological innovation?


5* Which is more likely to create jobs – cutting federal spending or new government programs to make the U.S. more competitive in the world economy?


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