New Poll: Overwhelming majority wants spending cut, taxes low

February 13, 2012

For Immediate Release:
February 13, 2012

Media Contact:
Kate Pomeroy (703) 927-7111
Victoria Coley (443) 758-6077 



Americans Have Little Confidence President’s Budget Will Accomplish Either

Arlington, VA – Today the Obama Administration releases its fiscal year 2013 budget, a new poll sponsored by Public Notice and conducted by The Tarrance Group, reveals that the majority of voters want to see President Obama’s budget cut spending and lower taxes, while few expect it will materialize.

When asked about the best way to grow the economy and create jobs, voters respond with a strong preference for cutting government spending and keeping taxes low (55%) as opposed to increasing government spending and asking the rich to pay more in taxes (36%).

Gretchen Hamel, Executive Director of Public Notice, stated the following:

“President Obama and Congress are misleading themselves if they think voters are confused about what they want. Americans know that absent a budget and a real, serious review of our nation’s finances, the same reckless overspending will continue. It’s time for the President and Congress to stop pushing paper and making speeches, and get serious, do their jobs, cut spending and get our fiscal house in order.”

Key Findings:

The poll shows the federal budget deficit and government overspending will be a top concern this year:

– Americans believe the economy and overspending are connected. Fully 73 percent believe the economy is extremely or very impacted by the national debt.

– Americans want to solve the nation’s fiscal and economic problems by cutting spending. 55% of voters say the best way to get the economy moving again and create jobs is to cut government spending and keep taxes low. Only 36% think the best way to improve the economy is to increase spending.

– However, Americans are pessimistic Washington will cut spending. While 75% want President Obama to cut spending in his fiscal year 2013 budget, only 31% think he will.

– Perhaps that’s because Congress has failed to even pass a budget in the last few years. 84 percent of voters find it extremely or very concerning that the U.S. Senate has not passed a budget in the last three years.

To view the complete poll, click here.

This survey was conducted February 6-8, 2012 and the results noted above are from 800 registered “likely” voters across the country. In 95 out of 100 cases, the confidence interval associated with a sample of this type is +/- 3.5%.

To interview Gretchen Hamel on the findings of this poll, please contact
Kate Pomeroy or Victoria Coley at 571-970-6490

Public Notice is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to providing the facts and insights on the effects public policy has on Americans’ financial well being.


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