In a recent CBS poll, 77% of Americans agree with the Tea Party platform of cutting spending rather than raising taxes in order to cut he federal deficit. Only 9% said they wanted to raise taxes. The full poll can be seen HERE (pdf). The American public has lost their appetite for out of control government spending. I guess its fair to say that the folks in Illinois are livid over ther soon to be 66% tax increase.
A new 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.
Weasel Zippers could not have stated it any better, In related news, 77% of Americans are now considered extremist teabaggers by the left. I guess its easy to see why Democrats were hammered in the 2010 election and if they keep it up will not fair any better in 2012.