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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

What America Thinks: You Want It? You Pay For It

Americans often embrace an idea or an issue in theory, but Rasmussen Reports’ surveying finds that they’re a bit more reluctant to put their money where their mouth is. Here are some recent examples of what America really thinks.

Just a couple weeks ago, Americans celebrated Earth Day, a day set aside to raise environmental awareness. While most give positive marks to their local environment, they think the environment as a whole is getting worse. So this Earth Day we asked how much more are you personally willing to pay in taxes and utility costs to generate a cleaner environment? Forty-five percent (45%) say they are not willing to pay any more, while another 26% are willing to spend only $100 more per year.

Then there’s global warming which President Obama has declared is the greatest national security threat facing the United States. Fifty-four percent (54%) of U.S. voters believe the United States must take immediate action to stop global warming. But when voters are asked how much they are personally willing to pay in higher taxes and utility costs to do that, 48% say nothing at all, and 22% more are willing to spend only an additional $100 a year. Sound familiar?

How about the military in this era of increased concern about terrorism? Voters tend to believe Obama has weakened the U.S. military and think more spending is necessary. But how much more are they willing to pay in taxes each year to build a stronger military? Forty-two percent (42%) say nothing at all, while another 25% are willing to spend only $100 more per year.

Democrats are more willing than Republicans to pay more in the environmental areas, but even most in the president’s party draw the line at nothing at all or no more than $100. Similarly, GOP voters are much more enthusiastic than Democrats about increased military spending, but even most Republicans say don’t expect me to pay for it.

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