Rasmussen: 68% Prefer A Government With Fewer Services, Lower Taxes
For Republicans nationally, this poll should give us all something to think about:
House Republicans are proposing to follow their repeal of the national health care bill with billions in spending cuts, and most voters continue to favor a government that offers fewer services and lower taxes.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of Likely Voters prefer a government with fewer services and lower taxes rather than a more active one with more services and higher taxes. This is virtually identical to last month and consistent with findings since September.
Since Rasmussen Reports began polling on the question in November 2006, support for a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes has ranged from a low of 55% in July 2007 to a high of 70% in August 2009.
Twenty-two percent (22%) of voters say they prefer a government with more services and higher taxes, down three points from December. Support for a more activist government over the past four years has ranged from 19% in August 2009 to 32% in late July 2007.
Even a plurality of Democrats (47%) now favors a government with fewer services and lower taxes. But that finding is dwarfed by the 90% of Republicans and 67% of voters not affiliated with either political party who feel that way.
While the Tea Party may be lighting a fire under congressional Republicans to cut the size of government, voters still expect government spending, taxes and the deficit to go up over the next two years.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide was conducted on January 17-18, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC.
Thirty-five percent (35%) of voters believe America’s best days are in the future, while 45% feel the country’s best days are in the past. Twenty percent (20%) are undecided. These findings have remained fairly consistent since February 2010. Optimism was slightly higher prior to that time.
A solid majority (65%) say America’s society is generally fair and decent, showing little change for several years now. Twenty-three percent (23%) feel our society is unfair and discriminatory, while 12% are not sure.
But only 43% of voters think President Obama views U.S. society as fair and decent. Almost as many (39%) say he looks at our society as unfair and discriminatory.
An overwhelming 75% of voters believe people who move to America should adopt our culture, not maintain the culture of their home country.
Voters still view the economy as issue number one but worry that the government will be more of a problem than a solution as it tries to fix things.
Americans feel more strongly than ever that the government is more concerned with making Wall Street firms profitable than making the financial system work for the rest of us.
Recent polling finds that only 27% of voters say the country is heading in the right direction. That’s consistent with findings since early November.
Support for repeal of the national health care law remains steady, as most voters continue to believe the law will increase the federal budget deficit.
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