Public Pulse: how much of every dollar does the government waste?

Public Pulse | September 27, 2011

According to Gallup, Americans believe the federal government wastes 51 cents out of every dollar it takes in. Americans believe their state governments waste 42 cents of every taxpayer dollar and that local governments waste 38 cents of every dollar.

According to CBS/New York Times, only 33% of registered voters believe Social Security will have enough money to pay their promised benefits. 50% believe it will not.

According to McClatchy, 61% of registered voters believe the worst is yet to come for the economy. 37% believe the worst is behind us.

According to Rasmussen, 64% of adults are unwilling to pay higher taxes themselves to reduce that deficit. Only 27% of Americans are willing to pay more in taxes to cut the federal deficit.

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24 Responses to Public Pulse: how much of every dollar does the government waste?

  1. GRG says:

    Fire them all!!!

  2. GRG says:

    Fire them all!!!

  3. GRG says:

    Fire them all!!!

  4. Ernest Cantrell says:

    Our government is completely out of control. Our government has no idea how to balance a budget. Our government and particularly our politicians are as corrupt as any on the face of this earth. Our government gives money, housing, health care, food stamps to people to sit around on their butts and do nothing, but call the money that the workers of America have PAID into SOCIAL SECURITY an ENTITLEMENT. NO, entitlements are the FREE GIVE AWAY’S aforementioned to those that sit on their butts and collect checks etc.. Get it right, or we will get rid of those who do not understand this simple math lesson. And stop giving money to countries that hate us, and vote against us in the U.N..

  5. Ernest Cantrell says:

    Our government is completely out of control. Our government has no idea how to balance a budget. Our government and particularly our politicians are as corrupt as any on the face of this earth. Our government gives money, housing, health care, food stamps to people to sit around on their butts and do nothing, but call the money that the workers of America have PAID into SOCIAL SECURITY an ENTITLEMENT. NO, entitlements are the FREE GIVE AWAY’S aforementioned to those that sit on their butts and collect checks etc.. Get it right, or we will get rid of those who do not understand this simple math lesson. And stop giving money to countries that hate us, and vote against us in the U.N..

  6. Ernest Cantrell says:

    Our government is completely out of control. Our government has no idea how to balance a budget. Our government and particularly our politicians are as corrupt as any on the face of this earth. Our government gives money, housing, health care, food stamps to people to sit around on their butts and do nothing, but call the money that the workers of America have PAID into SOCIAL SECURITY an ENTITLEMENT. NO, entitlements are the FREE GIVE AWAY’S aforementioned to those that sit on their butts and collect checks etc.. Get it right, or we will get rid of those who do not understand this simple math lesson. And stop giving money to countries that hate us, and vote against us in the U.N..

  7. One more term of Obama and all is lost

  8. One more term of Obama and all is lost

  9. One more term of Obama and all is lost

  10. William says:

    Bring all troops back to America, bring all ships back to port. End all policing of world. Get rid of C.I.A., make the F.B.I. only allowed to work in United States. Protect borders, ship out all illegals. Reduce Government by 75%. Let States take care of highways not federal Government. abolish Safety Department, legalize all drugs. Go back to only 2 Senators per State and remove the benefits they receive after terms end. Go back to Government food and not stamps.

  11. William says:

    Bring all troops back to America, bring all ships back to port. End all policing of world. Get rid of C.I.A., make the F.B.I. only allowed to work in United States. Protect borders, ship out all illegals. Reduce Government by 75%. Let States take care of highways not federal Government. abolish Safety Department, legalize all drugs. Go back to only 2 Senators per State and remove the benefits they receive after terms end. Go back to Government food and not stamps.

  12. William says:

    Bring all troops back to America, bring all ships back to port. End all policing of world. Get rid of C.I.A., make the F.B.I. only allowed to work in United States. Protect borders, ship out all illegals. Reduce Government by 75%. Let States take care of highways not federal Government. abolish Safety Department, legalize all drugs. Go back to only 2 Senators per State and remove the benefits they receive after terms end. Go back to Government food and not stamps.

  13. Michael Canny says:

    I’m tired of people complaining about the government! When they are ready to do without things like roads, schools, and cops and firefighters, THEN they can whine about taxes. Until then, be glad you live in a society wealthy enough to give you all these things. Pay for what you get and stop being selfcentered selfish spoiled brats!

  14. Michael Canny says:

    I’m tired of people complaining about the government! When they are ready to do without things like roads, schools, and cops and firefighters, THEN they can whine about taxes. Until then, be glad you live in a society wealthy enough to give you all these things. Pay for what you get and stop being selfcentered selfish spoiled brats!

  15. Michael Canny says:

    I’m tired of people complaining about the government! When they are ready to do without things like roads, schools, and cops and firefighters, THEN they can whine about taxes. Until then, be glad you live in a society wealthy enough to give you all these things. Pay for what you get and stop being selfcentered selfish spoiled brats!

  16. Captain Jack says:

    Close the Dept of Ed, the Dept of Energy, and many more!Deport ALL illegals once, execute them if returning. Eliminate funding the UN and NATO. Repeal obama-care. Those items would bring a surplus!

  17. Captain Jack says:

    Close the Dept of Ed, the Dept of Energy, and many more!Deport ALL illegals once, execute them if returning. Eliminate funding the UN and NATO. Repeal obama-care. Those items would bring a surplus!

  18. Captain Jack says:

    Close the Dept of Ed, the Dept of Energy, and many more!Deport ALL illegals once, execute them if returning. Eliminate funding the UN and NATO. Repeal obama-care. Those items would bring a surplus!

  19. Ronald Fortunato says:

    It is time to change the way goverment works and we need to take our county back. Make all elected two year term. Bring home the troops and get this economy under controll. Get the people back to work.

  20. Ronald Fortunato says:

    It is time to change the way goverment works and we need to take our county back. Make all elected two year term. Bring home the troops and get this economy under controll. Get the people back to work.

  21. Ronald Fortunato says:

    It is time to change the way goverment works and we need to take our county back. Make all elected two year term. Bring home the troops and get this economy under controll. Get the people back to work.

  22. Mary Starke says:

    Who is kidding who? We are in a horrible recession. Things can not get any worse.

  23. Mary Starke says:

    Who is kidding who? We are in a horrible recession. Things can not get any worse.

  24. Mary Starke says:

    Who is kidding who? We are in a horrible recession. Things can not get any worse.

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