Forty-four percent (44%) of voters believe that cutting government spending is better for the economy than cutting taxes. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 34% disagree and think tax cuts do more. Twenty-three percent (23%) believe neither is good for the economy.
When asked about other fiscal policy trade-offs, 41% believe cutting deficits is better than cutting spending while 35% take the opposite view (25% believe neither is good for the economy). Forty percent (40%) believe that cutting taxes is better than cutting deficits. Nearly as many–37%–think cutting deficits is better while 24% believe neither helps.
While there are modest partisan differences on these questions, these general views are held across the board (see crosstab results).
Forty-two percent (42%) of all voters recognize that federal government spending has gone up under the Trump Administration. In fact, even after adjusting for inflation, 2019 will set an all-time record for federal spending.
Sixteen percent (16%) mistakenly believe government spending has declined under President Trump while 19% believe it has remained about the same. Twenty-four percent (24%) are not sure.
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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted April 4-5, 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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