Public Pulse: addressing the deficit & Congress' priorities
According to Bloomberg, 48% of Americans believe the budget deficit is dangerously out of control and threatens the U.S.’s economic future. In comparison, 43% believe it is a burden that will require sacrifices in the future. Pew asked a similar question — according to the poll, 70% of Americans believe the budget deficit is a major problem that must be addressed now. 23% say it’s a major problem, but addressing it should wait until the economy is stronger.
According to Marist, 47% of registered voters think Congress’ top priority should be reducing the budget deficit. 28% say the top priority should be maintaining current services and benefits while 22% say cutting taxes should be top priority.