Public Pulse: Does the deficit undermine American values?

Public Pulse | July 3, 2012

According to Atlantic/Aspen Institute, when given two choices, 62% of adults said the budget deficit undermines basic American values; 35% said budget deficits are essential to U.S. growth.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal asked adults which policy contributed most to the federal budget deficit. According to the survey: 47% of adults believe the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan contributed the most; 21% believe the 2009 stimulus was most responsible; 15% said the recession; 7% said the Bush tax cuts; and 6% said government health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

According to Fox News, 66% of registered voters believe the economy will return to where it was before the 2008 recession. 24% say it will not.

According to the Economist, only 41% of adults believe it is the responsibility of the federal government to see that everyone has health insurance. 47% say it is not the government’s job.

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