Thirty-five percent (35%) of voters nationwide believe that the best thing the federal government could do to help the economy is to cut spending. The Jobs Creators Network/ ScottRasmussen.com Weekly Pulse shows that 25% say cutting taxes is the best policy.
Given a list of six options, 16% thought creating new programs to meet specific needs was the best option while 12% preferred reducing regulations on business. Seven percent (7%) thought it would be best to increase regulations on business.
The least popular choice, increasing spending and deficits, is favored by just 4% of adults. This result stands in direct conflict with the conventional wisdom in official Washington that increased government spending and deficits boosts the economy.
Overall, cutting government spending, taxes, and regulations is seen as best for the economy by 72% of Adults nationwide. Twenty-eight percent (28%) prefer new government programs, more regulation, and more government spending (see question wording and crosstab results).
Other data from the survey shows that 48% of adults rate their own finances as good or excellent. Fifty percent (50%) say the same about the overall economy.
This national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted September 17-18, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology) The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
These results are consistent with other data showing that voters prefer a free market economy over a government managed economy by a 69% to 31% margin.
See the Job Creators Network release.
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