Skip to comments.CBS poll shows tax hikes favored by … 9% (Given choice between tax hikes and spending cuts)
Posted on 01/15/2011 12:00:35 PM PST by SeekAndFind
The best part of this poll? The sampling follies at CBS don’t even really matter, although this poll’s sample is closer to reality than most. When given a choice between tax hikes or spending cuts, it turns out that 77% of Americans are Tea Partiers, as Jammie Wearing Fool says:
[A CBS] News poll finds that Americans strongly prefer cutting spending to raising taxes to reduce the federal deficit. While 77 percent prefer to cut spending, just nine percent call for raising taxes. Another nine percent want to do both.
Yet most Americans could not volunteer a program they’d be willing to see cut in order to reduce the deficit – only 38 percent could name a program they would support cutting. The top responses were military/defense (six percent), Social Security/Medicare (four percent) and welfare/food stamps (four percent).
However, Americans are more willing to consider cuts when presented with specific ideas, as the chart above illustrates. The most popular ideas for reducing the deficit are to reduce Social Security benefits for the wealthy, reduce the money allocated to projects in their own community, reduce farm subsidies and reduce defense spending. More than 50 percent supported reductions in each of those programs.
In this case, the partisan split in the sample favored Democrats by four points after the weighting, with a D/R/I of 31/27/42. That overrepresents independents and underrepresents Republicans, but in this case, it hardly matters. The overwhelming results show that a very clear consensus exists on spending cuts rather than tax hikes.
This means that we can explain the bump Barack Obama got in polling after the lame-duck session. The deal to keep tax rates at current levels turns out to be very popular indeed, but that may be a problem for Obama in 2012. He told his base that he plans to fight for tax hikes that will occur at the end of 2012 and make that a major issue in the upcoming election cycle. If so, I hope Obama has his post-presidential career planning in hyperdrive at the moment.
No one is buying the arguments from some liberal economists that deficits don’t matter, either. Only 7% of respondents thought that governments should run any kind of deficit it needs to meet its policy goals. Almost three-quarters believe that deficits should only be run in emergencies or “if manageable,” a rather expansive qualifier to be sure. Eighteen percent said deficits are “never acceptable” — a small minority, but two and a half times larger than those who don’t care about deficits at all.
While respondents had trouble choosing cuts on their own, the suggested cuts from the survey seem mostly popular. For instance, although some have argued that a mandate doesn’t exist to tackle entitlement reform, over 60% of all three party affiliations support the idea of reforming Social Security — although only Republicans have a majority for raising the retirement age. Majorities of Republicans (73%) and independents (55%) would cut federal funding for local projects, which a plurality of Democrats (48%) also support. Majorities in all three classes want an end to farm subsidies, and majorities of Democrats and independents support cuts to defense spending, while only 39% of Republicans support it.
Those are clear areas of considerable consensus for this Congress to pursue. We have approached a crisis point in this nation’s finances that has awakened the electorate to the dangers of the current federal spending spree. If Congress fails to act, the midterm wave of 2010 will look like a ripple compared to what comes in 2012.
9%? That’s a mandate from the people to raise taxes!
lol. Even thought they way underpolled Republicans they did not get close to the result they wanted.
Idiots, those 9% that want tax hikes probably don’t pay any taxes.
Cut EVERYTHING! 10% across the board and that’s just a good start! Like American tax payers are having to do as Obama’s weakened dollar and refusal to develop domestic energy sources is causing our fuel and food prices to skyrocket, while his bad fiscal policies and the threat of Obamacare drive people out of work.
if people want taxes raised then they should get their tax cheque and give it back tot he Govt.
yea like that is going to happen
Think so? /s
It's our duty as citizens to fund our government.
As a government employee, higher taxes have been good for me.
We all should be for it.
EG (the loophole) PWS.
I bid 20%.
Why should they care? That 9% are the ones living off the other rest of us.
Actually I would like to see taxes raised also, on the almost 50^ of people in this country who pay bo taxes. A flat tax of 10% whether your income was $1.00 or $1 billion.
me and my typos.... 50%
Naw I’m a masochist(psychological disorder in which somebody needs to be emotionally or physically abused ) I want to pay more taxes. In fact I want to become a slave of the state.
I agree with that. Everybody should have to pay. We need to get rid of the IRS and all those stupid tax codes. That would get rid of one agency and a whole load of cr*p. Then either flat tax or national sales tax(you couldn’t cheat on that), that is locked into an amount that can’t be changed or never to exceed a certain percentage.
Democrats don’t pay taxes .
They have no issues with raising taxes.
That’s excellent and simple thing to do. Then start whacking away at all these waste of money programs. Like PBS, NPR, ect. ooooh so many agencies, so little time.
I wonder what the result would be were it asked: Do you favor cutting spending or raising your own taxes or if you don’t pay taxes, reducing your income credit. Wanna bet it would be reducing spending winning by a furlong.
Check out the video!
We should be grateful they take our money and do such wonderful things with it.
I mean, after all, who better to decide what to do with the money you earn, you or someone like Maureen Dowd? Can there even be any question?
>>Then start whacking away at all these waste of money programs.
But we have to start with the across-the-board cuts. Everything. Even the things we like (i.e. military spending). We too broke to squabble over what’s a waste and what is not.
I was thinking the opposite: those in favor of tax hikes can afford them. I know I can’t.
If you want to keep that job, you better hope the spending cutters win. :-)
Follow up question they should have asked that 9%, how much more in Taxes do think you should personally pay?
Congress should add a line to the 1040 Tax Form for those Taxpayers who wish to voluntarily pay additional Taxes.
Bill Clinton comes to mind as one who should put his money where his mouth is. Better than writing off used underwear as a Charitable Deduction, don’t you agree?
Hell in Obama’s eyes it’s a mandate X 2!
“Idiots, those 9% that want tax hikes probably dont pay any taxes.”
The funny thing is that about 47% of the people don’t pay any taxes.
Thank you, nutmeg!
I had a feeling that this would come back to bite Mr. Obama in the butt during the 2012 campaign. All of the indicators that I’ve seen says he’s going to be in one big ole pickle with his base if he doesn’t fight* to raise taxes.
*for you libs lurking, that is called a metaphor. Look it up. ;o)
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