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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

What America Thinks: Feds Off On Another Spending Spree

The Republican-controlled Congress has reached agreement on a 1.1 trillion dollar spending bill to fund the federal government through September. A gleeful Obama White House says it funds all their priorities. We decided to find out what America thinks.

Voters don’t want to see more spending from the federal government, and they’ve been saying that in surveys for years. Most think spending cuts should be considered in every government program without exception. In fact, support for cuts goes down if the defense budget or entitlements are taken off the table. But only 28% think it’s even somewhat likely that government spending will be cut over the next few years.

After all, only 18% of voters think most congressmen care what their constituents think. Three-quarters of Americans think the unwillingness of politicians to cut spending is more to blame for the size of the federal deficit than the unwillingness of taxpayers to pay more in taxes.

Views of Congress in general remain low, but Republican voters continue to be more critical of their representatives in Congress than Democrats are. With Democrats refusing to budge on the major issues, congressional Republicans appear to have signed off on the massive new budget largely out of fear that they would be accused of causing a government shutdown. But nearly half of all voters said the last government shutdown in 2013 didn’t affect them at all.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.