Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters nationwide favor the budget deal reached between President Trump and Democratic Congressional leaders. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 31% oppose the arrangement and 37% are not sure.
The uncertainty may stem from a lack of awareness about the details. Just 56% of voters have followed news of the event even somewhat closely. Additionally, just 53% recognize that the deal will increase federal spending and deficits. Twenty-one percent (21%) mistakenly believe it will cut spending and deficits while 26% don’t expect an impact in either direction.
The partisan response is a bit unusual. Republicans favor the deal by a 47% to 23% margin while Democrats are evenly divided: 32% in favor and 30% opposed. Normally, Independent voters fall in between the partisan responses. On this question, however, they are far more negative than either Republicans or Democrats. Just 20% of Independent voters favor the budget agreement and 48% are opposed.
These results are especially interesting because there is no significant difference between the parties in terms of understanding the deal. Fifty-five percent (55%) of Independents recognizes that it will increase spending and deficits. So do 53% of Republicans and 51% of Democrats.
From an ideological perspective, 40% of conservatives support the agreement along with 34% of liberals and 26% of moderates (see crosstab results).
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted July 25-26, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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