UTICA, N.Y. – Voters want government spending cuts, but they’re not calling for them across the board.
According to a recent poll by Zogby Interactive, a majority (56 percent) still favors spending increases on infrastructure projects that create jobs. Increased federal aid to states to avoid layoffs in education and public safety was less popular, earning the support of 37 percent and 40 percent of voters, respectively.
State governments facing the possibility of bankruptcy should expect little sympathy. Only 25 percent of voters favored increased federal spending to help financially troubled states. Eight-nine percent of Republicans, 68 percent of independents and 33 percent of Democrats oppose state bailouts.
Pollster John Zogby said, “While these results from actual midterm voters show that this was a more conservative electorate, Republicans should not treat this election as a mandate to simply cut all federal spending. They should be ready to work with Democrats on infrastructure spending that creates jobs.”
Even though unemployment stubbornly remains near 10 percent, only 37 percent of voters believed that Congress should authorize another extension of unemployment benefits.
Forty-eight percent of voters – and 87 percent of Republicans – believe that President Obama’s health care reform bill should be repealed, while 36 percent believe it should be amended in some way.
The interactive poll consisting of 2,185 likely voters was conducted from Nov. 3-Nov. 5, and has a margin of error of +/-2.2%. A sampling of Zogby International’s online panel, which is representative of the adult population of the U.S., was invited to participate. Slight weights were added to region, party, age, race, religion, gender, and education to more accurately reflect the population.
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