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With the sequester spending cuts, entitlement reform, and perhaps even tax reform, on the table in the debt ceiling/fiscal year 2014 negotiations, it seems as if this struggle is indeed mostly about the proper role and size of government in general.
Where do Americans come down on this question? A few new polls are instructive.
According to the Associated Press, 60 percent of adults prefer a smaller government with fewer services while 35 percent prefer a larger government with more services. According to NBC/Wall Street Journal, 52 percent of adults say the government should be doing more to help people solve their problems; 44 percent think the federal government is doing too much.
However, also according to NBC/Wall Street Journal, when given two choices, 41 percent of adults said they were more worried the federal government would raise the debt ceiling and the debt and spending would increase. 37 percent said they were more worried that Congress would not raise the debt ceiling and the U.S. would default.
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To learn more about responsible fiscal policies, see our “Keep the Cuts” blog from yesterday.