For nearly four-out-of-five U.S. voters, the problem is not their unwillingness to pay taxes. It’s their elected representatives’ refusal to cut the size of government.
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters say the bigger problem in the United States is the unwillingness of politicians to control government spending. Just 14% say the problem is that voters are unwilling to pay enough in taxes, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
These findings parallel results in California just before voters there rejected several ballot initiatives aimed at raising taxes. After that vote on Tuesday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger suggested the state might need federal financial help, but voters nationwide oppose any bailouts for California and other economically troubled states.
Just 28% of all voters say, generally speaking, that increases in government spending help the economy, down seven points from February. Fifty-three percent (53%) now believe spending increases hurt the economy, and seven percent (7%) say they have no impact.
Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Republicans and 61% of unaffiliated voters believe increased government spending hurts the economy. Democrats tend to hold the opposite view--49% of those in Barack Obama’s party think more government spending is good for the economy, while just 27% say it hurts.
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As is frequently the case, the gap between Mainstream America and the Political Class on the question is wider than that between political parties. While 90% of Mainstream Americans see the bigger problem as a failure to cut government spending, the Political Class is evenly divided over whether voters or politicians are more to blame.
When it comes to the economic impact of increased government spending, the Political Class is once again out of step with the rest of the nation--83% of the Political Class believes such spending helps the economy.
Most voters believe that tax cuts are good for the economy. When Congress was wrestling with the president’s $787-billion economic stimulus plan in early February, 62% of voters said the plan should include more tax cuts and less government spending.
In fact, 52% of voters now believe they pay more than their fair share of taxes.However, 54% of the Political Class disagree.
Fifty-one percent (51%) of Americans had a favorable opinion of last month’s “tea parties,” while just 33% disapproved.
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A message to all members of Florida Tea Party Network Commissioner Aaronson Insults Single Patriot Mother! Next Tea Party Planned at June 16 Palm Beach County Commission Meeting On Tuesday March 19, Suzanne Squire, a single working mom took off time from work to go to the Palm Beach County Commission Meeting. Suzanne, when allowed to address the meeting, said that the spending was "unsustainable" and then referenced David Crockett, while a member of Congress, who said "The Money belongs to the Taxpayers!" Suzanne Squire then made mention that she had just attended the Tea Party Protest on April 15 when over three thousand citizens protested the bailouts and excessive overspending by the government at the very same building where the meeting was being held. Suzanne then said Commissioner Aaronson responded by asking "why the 'Tea Party People' made it to the Tea Party but couldn't make it to the meeting!" Suzanne felt this was equivalent to a verbal slap in the face and has enlisted the assistance of South Florida Tea Party to hold a Tea Party Protest at the June 16 County Commission Meeting. Everett Wilkinson, the coordinator for the April 15 Tea Party Protest and TeaPartyPatriots.org Florida State Co-Chair, has responded by saying that "he encourages patriots to call, email and fax Commissioner Aaronson to tell him to apologize to both to Suzanne and the 1.2 million people at the Tea Parties on April 15." Please call, email and fax Commissioner Aaronson to tell him to apologize to both to Suzanne and the 1.2 million people at the Tea Parties on April 15. Do not use foul or abusive language. Commissioner Burt Aaronson: 301 North Olive Ave. Suite 1201 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (561) 355-2205 877-930-2205 (Toll Free outside the West Palm Beach calling area) BAARONSO@pbcgov.com Visit Florida Tea Party Network at: http://floridateaparty.ning.com