Poll reveals government spending is personal to voters

September 27, 2010

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.

KEY FINDINGS

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.

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30 Responses to Poll reveals government spending is personal to voters

  1. Tessa says:

    It’s bad enough that I have to worry about how much the cash I have today will be worth. But how the hell am I supposed to be okay with the GOV. taking a loan from someone else, WITH interest, and giving it to China? They already OWN 50% (at least) of this country. YOU ARE STEALING FROM MY CHILD!!!!! YOU

  2. Tessa says:

    It’s bad enough that I have to worry about how much the cash I have today will be worth. But how the hell am I supposed to be okay with the GOV. taking a loan from someone else, WITH interest, and giving it to China? They already OWN 50% (at least) of this country. YOU ARE STEALING FROM MY CHILD!!!!! YOU

  3. Tessa says:

    It’s bad enough that I have to worry about how much the cash I have today will be worth. But how the hell am I supposed to be okay with the GOV. taking a loan from someone else, WITH interest, and giving it to China? They already OWN 50% (at least) of this country. YOU ARE STEALING FROM MY CHILD!!!!! YOU

  4. justin says:

    Tessa, please calm down.

    The Chinese own a lot of our debt but those debts are denominated in our own currency.

    Think about that. The Chinese accept OUR money for their products. We print paper (actually electronic digits) and exchange them for real goods. They then take those dollars and reinvest them into our country. This stimulates their economy, keeps their citizens busy producing things for us to consume. The average Chinese wage is about $3 per day. They can’t even afford to buy the products they produce.

    If you really want to look at it, the only way the Chinese can maintain the value of the Treasury securities they own is to continue purchasing them with the proceeds of the dollars WE created and sent to them in exchange for said goods.

    The entire world is beyond the point of no return, the damage is done. But please don’t worry about the Chinese trying to come here and take possession of our soil.

  5. justin says:

    Tessa, please calm down.

    The Chinese own a lot of our debt but those debts are denominated in our own currency.

    Think about that. The Chinese accept OUR money for their products. We print paper (actually electronic digits) and exchange them for real goods. They then take those dollars and reinvest them into our country. This stimulates their economy, keeps their citizens busy producing things for us to consume. The average Chinese wage is about $3 per day. They can’t even afford to buy the products they produce.

    If you really want to look at it, the only way the Chinese can maintain the value of the Treasury securities they own is to continue purchasing them with the proceeds of the dollars WE created and sent to them in exchange for said goods.

    The entire world is beyond the point of no return, the damage is done. But please don’t worry about the Chinese trying to come here and take possession of our soil.

  6. justin says:

    Tessa, please calm down.

    The Chinese own a lot of our debt but those debts are denominated in our own currency.

    Think about that. The Chinese accept OUR money for their products. We print paper (actually electronic digits) and exchange them for real goods. They then take those dollars and reinvest them into our country. This stimulates their economy, keeps their citizens busy producing things for us to consume. The average Chinese wage is about $3 per day. They can’t even afford to buy the products they produce.

    If you really want to look at it, the only way the Chinese can maintain the value of the Treasury securities they own is to continue purchasing them with the proceeds of the dollars WE created and sent to them in exchange for said goods.

    The entire world is beyond the point of no return, the damage is done. But please don’t worry about the Chinese trying to come here and take possession of our soil.

  7. Robert says:

    We should have thought about this debt when we decided to spend a trillion dollars to invade and occupy a country that had no way of attacking us and no plans to do so (Iraq). When you dig a financial hole you must borrow (with interest) to keep your vital signs running. We should have never diverted from the plan of going after the 9/11 planners. We could have spent $500 billion and been done with it if we had gone straight into Afghanistan to get those responsible. Instead, we bought into this idea of being liberators to a people that weren’t looking to be liberated. There were no alQueda in Iraq until we sent 140,000 targets (our troops) there for the terrorists to shoot at. Everybody says “quit looking at the past”; but, if we don’t look at our mistakes, we are doomed to repeat them.

  8. Robert says:

    We should have thought about this debt when we decided to spend a trillion dollars to invade and occupy a country that had no way of attacking us and no plans to do so (Iraq). When you dig a financial hole you must borrow (with interest) to keep your vital signs running. We should have never diverted from the plan of going after the 9/11 planners. We could have spent $500 billion and been done with it if we had gone straight into Afghanistan to get those responsible. Instead, we bought into this idea of being liberators to a people that weren’t looking to be liberated. There were no alQueda in Iraq until we sent 140,000 targets (our troops) there for the terrorists to shoot at. Everybody says “quit looking at the past”; but, if we don’t look at our mistakes, we are doomed to repeat them.

  9. Robert says:

    We should have thought about this debt when we decided to spend a trillion dollars to invade and occupy a country that had no way of attacking us and no plans to do so (Iraq). When you dig a financial hole you must borrow (with interest) to keep your vital signs running. We should have never diverted from the plan of going after the 9/11 planners. We could have spent $500 billion and been done with it if we had gone straight into Afghanistan to get those responsible. Instead, we bought into this idea of being liberators to a people that weren’t looking to be liberated. There were no alQueda in Iraq until we sent 140,000 targets (our troops) there for the terrorists to shoot at. Everybody says “quit looking at the past”; but, if we don’t look at our mistakes, we are doomed to repeat them.

  10. Jennifer says:

    Yeah? REALLY? Our country has a HUGE debt? HMMMMM……who exactly caused this debt to begin with? I believe it was the GOP and they’re beloved George W. by scaring us into a war under FALSE pretenses that has also been responsible for thousands of innocent deaths.
    I also LOVE how you GOPs all tout the benefits of having the tax cuts continue to go to the rich – who are supposedly responsible for all of these small businesses that hire tons of people? Well if that’s the case, where were these jobs to begin with? And since they are currently STILL receiving these tax breaks, where are the jobs NOW, HUH???
    I don’t believe a damn thing you spinners say with your sound bites. LIES! ALL LIES!!!
    You can buy off FAUX News, but you can’t buy me off.
    BTW – thanks for the blog feature. Let’s see how long my post stays active.

  11. Jennifer says:

    Yeah? REALLY? Our country has a HUGE debt? HMMMMM……who exactly caused this debt to begin with? I believe it was the GOP and they’re beloved George W. by scaring us into a war under FALSE pretenses that has also been responsible for thousands of innocent deaths.
    I also LOVE how you GOPs all tout the benefits of having the tax cuts continue to go to the rich – who are supposedly responsible for all of these small businesses that hire tons of people? Well if that’s the case, where were these jobs to begin with? And since they are currently STILL receiving these tax breaks, where are the jobs NOW, HUH???
    I don’t believe a damn thing you spinners say with your sound bites. LIES! ALL LIES!!!
    You can buy off FAUX News, but you can’t buy me off.
    BTW – thanks for the blog feature. Let’s see how long my post stays active.

  12. Jennifer says:

    Yeah? REALLY? Our country has a HUGE debt? HMMMMM……who exactly caused this debt to begin with? I believe it was the GOP and they’re beloved George W. by scaring us into a war under FALSE pretenses that has also been responsible for thousands of innocent deaths.
    I also LOVE how you GOPs all tout the benefits of having the tax cuts continue to go to the rich – who are supposedly responsible for all of these small businesses that hire tons of people? Well if that’s the case, where were these jobs to begin with? And since they are currently STILL receiving these tax breaks, where are the jobs NOW, HUH???
    I don’t believe a damn thing you spinners say with your sound bites. LIES! ALL LIES!!!
    You can buy off FAUX News, but you can’t buy me off.
    BTW – thanks for the blog feature. Let’s see how long my post stays active.

  13. justin says:

    Hopefully it stays here for a long while so I can get a good laugh anytime I please.

    Been drinking from the punch bowl again, sweetie? This country has had a national debt since it was founded 234 years ago, it didn’t just start up when Bush came along. In fact, under President Clinton the national debt INCREASED EVERY YEAR! source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_public_debt . The “surplus” was fictional as the Clinton admin paid down the Public debt by massively increasing Intragovernmental debt (he raided Social Security Trust Fund and replaced the money with IOU’s…what a compassionate guy!)

    Both parties are responsible for the mess we’re in. And you’re responsible too. And so am I.

    And now we all get to pay because we’re all responsible. Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in a third world country, you’re as responsible for this mess as the rest of us.

    Your beloved Democraps are just as bad as the Republicants.

  14. justin says:

    Hopefully it stays here for a long while so I can get a good laugh anytime I please.

    Been drinking from the punch bowl again, sweetie? This country has had a national debt since it was founded 234 years ago, it didn’t just start up when Bush came along. In fact, under President Clinton the national debt INCREASED EVERY YEAR! source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_public_debt . The “surplus” was fictional as the Clinton admin paid down the Public debt by massively increasing Intragovernmental debt (he raided Social Security Trust Fund and replaced the money with IOU’s…what a compassionate guy!)

    Both parties are responsible for the mess we’re in. And you’re responsible too. And so am I.

    And now we all get to pay because we’re all responsible. Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in a third world country, you’re as responsible for this mess as the rest of us.

    Your beloved Democraps are just as bad as the Republicants.

  15. justin says:

    Hopefully it stays here for a long while so I can get a good laugh anytime I please.

    Been drinking from the punch bowl again, sweetie? This country has had a national debt since it was founded 234 years ago, it didn’t just start up when Bush came along. In fact, under President Clinton the national debt INCREASED EVERY YEAR! source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_public_debt . The “surplus” was fictional as the Clinton admin paid down the Public debt by massively increasing Intragovernmental debt (he raided Social Security Trust Fund and replaced the money with IOU’s…what a compassionate guy!)

    Both parties are responsible for the mess we’re in. And you’re responsible too. And so am I.

    And now we all get to pay because we’re all responsible. Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in a third world country, you’re as responsible for this mess as the rest of us.

    Your beloved Democraps are just as bad as the Republicants.

  16. Debbie says:

    I Love it!!! democraps and republicants!! lmao…Ya how do we start something real, Besides the Teawishers!!! I say revolution, throw them all out!

  17. Debbie says:

    I Love it!!! democraps and republicants!! lmao…Ya how do we start something real, Besides the Teawishers!!! I say revolution, throw them all out!

  18. Debbie says:

    I Love it!!! democraps and republicants!! lmao…Ya how do we start something real, Besides the Teawishers!!! I say revolution, throw them all out!

  19. justin says:

    Amen sister, stay vigilant.

  20. justin says:

    Amen sister, stay vigilant.

  21. justin says:

    Amen sister, stay vigilant.

  22. joann says:

    To cut spending end the war in Afganistan and Iraq, raise taxes on those making over 250,000.00 and revisit NAFTA and change the rules to benifit the American working class. Do nothing to the social services, they are the glue that holds our country together….don’t change them.

  23. joann says:

    To cut spending end the war in Afganistan and Iraq, raise taxes on those making over 250,000.00 and revisit NAFTA and change the rules to benifit the American working class. Do nothing to the social services, they are the glue that holds our country together….don’t change them.

  24. joann says:

    To cut spending end the war in Afganistan and Iraq, raise taxes on those making over 250,000.00 and revisit NAFTA and change the rules to benifit the American working class. Do nothing to the social services, they are the glue that holds our country together….don’t change them.

  25. The far Left and Right say “give us the power and we will solve your problems, create jobs and give you health care whether you want it or not and we will pass 2000 page unread bills.” All we need is a majority in the Sentate and House.” The government has enormous power to control every aspect in our lives from cradle to grave. The real problem is the American people who are in denial and think they can change the future by voting in the Democractic or Republican party. In fact the American people owe no loyalty to either party, think about it, who got us in this mess, it takes a majority to pass any bill. THE only TRUE ALLEGIANCE WE OWE IS TO THE CONSTITUTION AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS. Actually, there is no difference between either poltical party because they are bought and paid for by approx. 11,000, highly paid, lobbists. Did you know there are approx. 300 ex-senators and reprensenatives, who are paid very well, to act as lobbists? Or, big corporatons are spending $240 MILLION per month-yes per month to maintain this occupying force of hired guns? Why spend so much? Because it pays off big time, 100 to one or more. No wonder politicians approve Bills crammed with millions in earmarks and pork. ( Hightower “The Lowdown” April 2010 newsletter )

    The November, 2010 mid-term election may be our last chance to unelect the deadwood Senators and Congressman who seem to ignore their Oath, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”. Learn the real story by going to google video, “Fall Of The Republic” and compare the facts with “www.bankruptingamerica.org. You will hear about secret plans to dump the dollar, shadow government, world control by the New World Order (NWO) and the United Nations (UN).

    After you have viewed “Fall Of The Republic” video, have a little fun. Go to http://www.citizens against government waste .com, take the cagw test to see how you score. (it rocks)

    Stay well,

    sonofgreycloud’sblog

  26. The far Left and Right say “give us the power and we will solve your problems, create jobs and give you health care whether you want it or not and we will pass 2000 page unread bills.” All we need is a majority in the Sentate and House.” The government has enormous power to control every aspect in our lives from cradle to grave. The real problem is the American people who are in denial and think they can change the future by voting in the Democractic or Republican party. In fact the American people owe no loyalty to either party, think about it, who got us in this mess, it takes a majority to pass any bill. THE only TRUE ALLEGIANCE WE OWE IS TO THE CONSTITUTION AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS. Actually, there is no difference between either poltical party because they are bought and paid for by approx. 11,000, highly paid, lobbists. Did you know there are approx. 300 ex-senators and reprensenatives, who are paid very well, to act as lobbists? Or, big corporatons are spending $240 MILLION per month-yes per month to maintain this occupying force of hired guns? Why spend so much? Because it pays off big time, 100 to one or more. No wonder politicians approve Bills crammed with millions in earmarks and pork. ( Hightower “The Lowdown” April 2010 newsletter )

    The November, 2010 mid-term election may be our last chance to unelect the deadwood Senators and Congressman who seem to ignore their Oath, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”. Learn the real story by going to google video, “Fall Of The Republic” and compare the facts with “www.bankruptingamerica.org. You will hear about secret plans to dump the dollar, shadow government, world control by the New World Order (NWO) and the United Nations (UN).

    After you have viewed “Fall Of The Republic” video, have a little fun. Go to http://www.citizens against government waste .com, take the cagw test to see how you score. (it rocks)

    Stay well,

    sonofgreycloud’sblog

  27. The far Left and Right say “give us the power and we will solve your problems, create jobs and give you health care whether you want it or not and we will pass 2000 page unread bills.” All we need is a majority in the Sentate and House.” The government has enormous power to control every aspect in our lives from cradle to grave. The real problem is the American people who are in denial and think they can change the future by voting in the Democractic or Republican party. In fact the American people owe no loyalty to either party, think about it, who got us in this mess, it takes a majority to pass any bill. THE only TRUE ALLEGIANCE WE OWE IS TO THE CONSTITUTION AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS. Actually, there is no difference between either poltical party because they are bought and paid for by approx. 11,000, highly paid, lobbists. Did you know there are approx. 300 ex-senators and reprensenatives, who are paid very well, to act as lobbists? Or, big corporatons are spending $240 MILLION per month-yes per month to maintain this occupying force of hired guns? Why spend so much? Because it pays off big time, 100 to one or more. No wonder politicians approve Bills crammed with millions in earmarks and pork. ( Hightower “The Lowdown” April 2010 newsletter )

    The November, 2010 mid-term election may be our last chance to unelect the deadwood Senators and Congressman who seem to ignore their Oath, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”. Learn the real story by going to google video, “Fall Of The Republic” and compare the facts with “www.bankruptingamerica.org. You will hear about secret plans to dump the dollar, shadow government, world control by the New World Order (NWO) and the United Nations (UN).

    After you have viewed “Fall Of The Republic” video, have a little fun. Go to http://www.citizens against government waste .com, take the cagw test to see how you score. (it rocks)

    Stay well,

    sonofgreycloud’sblog

  28. John says:

    When the private sector screws up simply because of greed, the appropriate role of government is do the sorts of things that simulate the consumer sector and to correct the errors of major components of our financial system. Unfortunately, we don’t seem to get upset when we dump over a trillion dollars into military adventures that really don’t make us safer or the world a more secure place. Invading Iraq was the dumbest thing we’ve ever done as a nation, and the opportunity to correct a real security threat in Afghanistan was lost and now continue to create problems for us in Pakistan.

  29. John says:

    When the private sector screws up simply because of greed, the appropriate role of government is do the sorts of things that simulate the consumer sector and to correct the errors of major components of our financial system. Unfortunately, we don’t seem to get upset when we dump over a trillion dollars into military adventures that really don’t make us safer or the world a more secure place. Invading Iraq was the dumbest thing we’ve ever done as a nation, and the opportunity to correct a real security threat in Afghanistan was lost and now continue to create problems for us in Pakistan.

  30. John says:

    When the private sector screws up simply because of greed, the appropriate role of government is do the sorts of things that simulate the consumer sector and to correct the errors of major components of our financial system. Unfortunately, we don’t seem to get upset when we dump over a trillion dollars into military adventures that really don’t make us safer or the world a more secure place. Invading Iraq was the dumbest thing we’ve ever done as a nation, and the opportunity to correct a real security threat in Afghanistan was lost and now continue to create problems for us in Pakistan.

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