Poll reveals government spending is personal to voters
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Overwhelming majority say government spending is too high and 68% say it’s affecting them personally.
A bipartisan, ten-state poll of likely voters found concern over government spending second only to anxiety about the nation’s economic situation. The series of surveys, sponsored by Public Notice and conducted by the Tarrance Group and Hart Research, found that a striking majority believes government spending is too high, and will make the issue a key consideration in their vote on November 2nd. The poll also revealed that an overwhelming majority believes government spending affects their own financial situation. In other words…it’s become personal. Watch out, Washington.
71% of likely voters say government spending is too high; only 8% say it is too low. Infographic.
The issue of government spending is important to voters of all political stripes: Republicans (87%); Independents (67%); and Democrats (42%).
Nearly two thirds (65%) named government spending among the most important issues to their vote. Infographic.
This finding reached across income levels, from voters making less than $30,000 (60%) to those making $100,000 or over (65%).
Voters not only place a great level of concern and importance on the issue of government spending, they perceive it as having an impact on them, personally. Infographic.
More than two thirds (68%) say government spending is a factor in their own financial situation.
A plurality (40%) say government spending is very much a factor in their own financial situation; this received a higher number of responses than a number of other potential factors tested, including the high unemployment rate (36%).
The perceived impact of government spending reaches across all income levels, from those making less than $30,000 per year (61%) to voters making $100,000 and over (68%).
Controlling government spending (at 21%), was second only to creating jobs and growing the economy (at 40%) as the issue voters say should be the top economic priority. Infographic.
Voters are cynical about the nation’s fiscal future: less than half (40%) believe they will see another federal budget surplus in their lifetime. Infographic.
The poll was fielded September 12-15 and results noted above are an aggregate of the ten state polls (total sample = 5,500) taken in: California; Colorado; Florida; Nevada; New Hampshire; Ohio; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Virginia; and Washington.
To view the aggregate polling memo, the results from each of the ten states, and a host of other poll-related information, please click here.