March 29, 2010

SPENDING, NOT THE ECONOMY:

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY NATIONAL POLL ON DEFICIT: MIDDLE CLASS MUST SUFFER TO CLOSE DEFICIT, VOTERS SAY 8-1 (TIME, 3/29/10)

Within the 84 percent who think the middle class will have to sacrifice, 92 percent of Republicans, 78 percent of Democrats and 85 percent of independent voters feel that way. But on the question of raising taxes on the middle class, 83 percent of Republicans, 81 percent of independent voters and 75 percent of Democrats are opposed.

The relative lack of a partisan gap also is evident in limiting the growth of Social Security and Medicare. On Social Security, 73 percent of Republicans, 84 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of independent voters are opposed. On Medicare, 75 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of Democrats and 74 percent of independents are opposed.

Women are generally more opposed to limiting either program than are men and those with more education and higher incomes are slightly more in favor of such restrictions on growth.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 29, 2010 6:36 AM
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