David Harsanyi on Why You Shouldn't Believe Every Poll You Read


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Polls reliably find that the national debt is one of the primary concerns of the average American voter. When given an array of choices -- education, national security, environment, etc. -- respondents almost always place national debt as one of their top issues. But as David Harsanyi writes, how worried could they really be? When was the last time a politician won an election with a plan that spent less and cut more? When was the last time a majority of Americans supported reforms that would deal with deficits in any meaningful way?