Americans (58%) think the economy and jobs are more important, but Teapartyers (16%) want to use the debt / deficit politically. Think Progress reports:
[N]ew polling from Gallup shows that far more Americans care about the economy and jobs than addressing U.S. debt. The poll finds that 31 percent of Americans find the economy to be the most important problem in America today, 27 percent find unemployment to be the highest problem, and only 16 percent say that the debt is:
The divide between Americans and the Teaparty has never been more clear than it is right now. A loud minority shouldn’t be allowed to set our country on fire.
Infographic via Good Politics (click any image below for larger version):
When Gallup asked Americans whether they favor or oppose spending cuts in various government programs, 59 percent, the majority, want government budget cuts in the area of foreign aid, while 57 percent oppose cuts in military and national defense.
The U.S. spends LESS on foreign aid than other countries and MORE on our military than other countries. Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate?
Overall, only 37% want to extend the tax cuts for all, according to a new Gallup poll. 59% of Americans want them to either expire only for those making over $250,000 or to expire for everyone.
The president’s views on ending the tax cuts for wealthy Americans are in line with the views of the majority of rank-and-file Democrats. Meanwhile, the majority of Republicans want the tax cuts extended for all taxpayers, regardless of their income level. Independents’ views fall between those of the two groups, but a majority (56%) would seem to endorse the idea of not extending tax cuts for higher-income Americans, whether or not they want them extended for middle- and lower-income Americans.
The GOP represents the usual suspects — half of the people who identify as Republicans are willing to vote against their own interests (and the nation’s budget) because the “Socialist Kenyan” is president:
The GOP unapologetically wants to extend this Gravy Train of tax cuts / income redistribution to the richest Americans — their campaign donors.
Krugman: The Perils Of Government By Poll, 30s Edition
In light of the way we actually got out of the Great Depression, it’s instructive — and depressing — to look at polling from that era. Two results from Gallup, in March 1938:
Do you think government spending should be increased to help get business out of its present slump?
Gallup Poll, Mar, 1938
In your opinion which will do more to get us out of the depression: increase government spending, or reduce taxes on business?
Gallup Poll (AIPO), Mar, 1938
15% Increase government spending
63% Reduce taxes on business
21% No opinion