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Debt and Spending

  1. "The federal government should have a spending cap."

    Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement: The federal government should have a spending cap that prevents it from spending more than it takes in during a given year.

    Online Poll Results
    Strongly Agree
    67%
    Somewhat Agree
    33%
    Somewhat Disagree
    0%
    Strongly Disagree
    0%
    Reason-Rupe Poll Results
    Strongly Agree
    62%
    Somewhat Agree
    15%
    Somewhat Disagree
    8%
    Strongly Disagree
    12%
    Don't Know
    3%
  2. Balanced budget amendment

    Would you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget?

    Online Poll Results
    Favor Strongly
    67%
    Favor Somewhat
    17%
    Oppose Somewhat
    17%
    Oppose Strongly
    0%
    Reason-Rupe Poll Results
    Favor Strongly
    50%
    Favor Somewhat
    19%
    Oppose Somewhat
    9%
    Oppose Strongly
    17%
    Don't Know
    6%
  3. How reduce the national debt?

    Which of the following options comes closest to your view about the best way to reduce the national debt?

    Online Poll Results
    Increase taxes without decreasing spending
    0%
    Mainly increase Taxes with some decrease in spending
    0%
    Equal Emphasis on both Raising Taxes and Lowering Spending
    17%
    Mainly decrease Spending with some increase in taxes
    0%
    Decrease spending without increasing taxes
    83%
    Reason-Rupe Poll Results
    Increase taxes without decreasing spending
    7%
    Mainly increase Taxes with some decrease in spending
    8%
    Equal Emphasis on both Raising Taxes and Lowering Spending
    23%
    Mainly decrease Spending with some increase in taxes
    20%
    Decrease spending without increasing taxes
    37%
    Don't Know
    5%
  4. Effect of reduced government spending on the economy

    Do you believe reducing government spending will mostly help, mostly harm, or have no impact on the economy?

    Online Poll Results
    Mostly Help
    67%
    Mostly Harm
    0%
    No Impact
    33%
    Reason-Rupe Poll Results
    Mostly Help
    57%
    Mostly Harm
    21%
    No Impact
    15%
    Don't Know
    6%
  5. Close the Postal Service?

    To reduce federal spending, would you favor or oppose closing the U.S. Postal Service and allowing people to use private firms such as FedEx or UPS to deliver all mail and packages?

    Online Poll Results
    Favor Strongly
    33%
    Favor Somewhat
    50%
    Oppose Somewhat
    17%
    Oppose Strongly
    0%
    Reason-Rupe Poll Results
    Favor Strongly
    11%
    Favor Somewhat
    11%
    Oppose Somewhat
    15%
    Oppose Strongly
    58%
    Don't Know
    5%
  6. What would the government do with revenue from increased taxes?

    If the federal government raised taxes, do you believe they would use that money to reduce the deficit or do you believe they would spend that money on new programs instead?

    Online Poll Results
    Reduce Defecit
    17%
    Spend on new programs
    83%
    Reason-Rupe Poll Results
    Reduce Defecit
    27%
    Spend on new programs
    62%
    Don't Know
    3%
  7. Increase taxes on wealthy?

    Do you think the federal government should increase taxes on the wealthy?

    Online Poll Results
    Yes
    0%
    No
    100%
    Reason-Rupe Poll Results
    Yes
    69%
    No
    28%
    Don't Know
    3%
  8. Change in your taxes within five years?

    Do you expect your taxes to increase, decrease, or stay the same over the next five years?

    Online Poll Results
    Increase a Lot
    33%
    Increase a Little
    67%
    Stay the same
    0%
    Decrease a Little
    0%
    Decrease a Lot
    0%
    Reason-Rupe Poll Results
    Increase a Lot
    32%
    Increase a Little
    36%
    Stay the Same
    22%
    Decrease a Little
    4%
    Decrease a Lot
    2%
    Don't Know
    4%

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