If the federal government wants to launch an important but expensive new program, 72% of voters believe it should be paid for by cutting other government spending. A ScottRasmussen.com found that 14% prefer raising taxes and another 14% think the best approach is increasing the federal deficit.
These views are shared across partisan lines. Eighty-five percent (85%) of Republicans think new programs should be paid for by cutting over programs. So do 73% of Independent voters and 62% of Democrats (see crosstab results).
If political leaders are unwilling to cut taxes or raise spending, 71% believe they should not launch the new programs. If there are no other options, 29% would be okay with increasing the deficit.
Driving these views is the fact that 59% believe increasing the federal deficit hurts the economy. Just 10% believe it helps.
Sixty-seven percent (67%) believe higher taxes hurt the economy while 14% believe they help.
The impact of government spending is more mixed. Thirty-nine percent (39%) believe that cutting government spending helps the economy and 25% believe it hurts. Thirteen percent (13%) say it has no impact while 23% are not sure.
Fifty-six percent (56%) believe cutting government spending is more important than reducing the deficit. Forty-four percent (44%) hold the opposite view.
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The national survey of 1,003 Registered Voters was conducted February 9-10, 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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