After adjusting for inflation, federal government spending has doubled since 1989. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 83% of voters recognize this to be true. Eighty-one percent (81%) also recognize that, after adjusting for inflation, federal spending has increased in 45 of the past 50 years. Sixty-two percent (62%) recognize that federal spending automatically increases every year.
However, just 57% are aware of a deceptive accounting practice used by the government to hide spending growth: If spending goes up, but growth is slower than expected, the federal government considers that to be a spending cut. Forty-three percent (43%) don’t believe that is true.
Just 24% of all voters agree that slower spending growth should be considered a spending cut. Fifty percent (50%) reject that definition and 26% are not sure.
On each of these questions there are few significant differences along partisan and demographic lines.
Other data from the survey showed that 32% of voters support the budget agreement reached by President Trump and Democratic Congressional leaders. Thirty-one percent (31%) are opposed.
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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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