Public Pulse: deficit, spending cuts & government shutdown
According to Associated Press/GfK, 55% of adults think it is either “extremely” or “very” likely that the size of the federal budget deficit will cause a major economic crisis over the next 10 years. 30% think it is “somewhat” likely while only 10% think it is “not too” likely and 5% say it is “not at all” likely.
According to Associated Press/GfK, when asked what should be the main focus of lawmakers as they seek to cut the deficit, 62% said cutting government spending while 29% said raising taxes. Only 4% said Congress should focus equally on tax increases and spending cuts.
According to Rasmussen, 57% of likely voters think making deeper spending cuts in the federal budget for 2011 is more important than avoiding a partial government shutdown. 31% say avoiding a shutdown is more important. 12% aren’t sure.