With the December 13 budget deadline looming, we conducted a national survey of registered voters* to find out what they thought of the fiscal issues currently being debated in Washington.
Overall, our poll found that voters continue to supporting spending cuts, and 65% of Americans firmly disagree with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s statement that “there are no more cuts to make” to federal spending.
Here are some more of the poll’s key findings:
Seven in ten (71%) voters say they are more likely to re-elect their Member of Congress if he or she voted to reduce spending. Just 19% are less likely. This includes a majority of key voter groups like Independents (54%) and women (71%).
A majority (58%) of voters support keeping the bipartisan spending limits put in place from the Budget Control Act. Just 28% support abandoning the 2011 agreement and agreeing to a combination of spending and tax increases. Republicans, Independents, and Democrats all prefer keeping the limits in place over getting rid of them.
If the debt limit is going to be raised, then voters support cuts alongside any increase. Six in ten (61%) agree if Congress increases the debt limit, then they should also cut spending. Just 23% support keeping spending levels the same, and 8% support increasing spending.
Eight in ten (79%) support more transparency in federal spending by supporting legislation, like the DATA Act, that would require the federal government to put all of its spending records online. Just 15% oppose this. This includes widespread support among Independents (78%), Democrats (74%), young voters (85%), and women (75%).
Every several months lawmakers bring us to the brink of crisis and the only answer always seems to be more money for more spending. This new poll shows Americans are paying attention, they understand the risk and they are prepared to hold Washington accountable.
To learn more, click here to read the full polling memo (PDF).
*The survey was conducted by the Tarrance Group via landline and cell phone from December 1-5, 2013, among 803 voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.