Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide believe increasing government spending hurts the economy. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 18% believe it helps. Seven percent (7%) believe it has no impact and 17% are not sure.
The belief that hikes in government spending hurt the economy is shared by 62% of Republicans, 60% of Independents, and 55% of Democrats. Sixty-six percent (66%) of senior citizens hold that view along with 51% of voters under 35 (see crosstab results).
Most voters (58%) also believe that raising personal income taxes hurts the economy.
On the flip side, 57% believe cutting personal income taxes helps the economy. By a 54% to 23% margin, voters also believe cutting government spending is good for the economy.
On the topic of corporate income taxes, opinion is mixed. Thirty-five percent (35%) believe cutting corporate income taxes helps the economy while 38% disagree and believe it hurts. Forty-four percent (44%) believe raising corporate income taxes is good for the economy while 32% take the opposite view.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted March 13-14, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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