Rasmussen Poll and deficit reduction

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Don’t underestimate the power of public opinion on Congress.

Deficit myths remain public enemy number one.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 30% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10 (see trends).

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters say deficit reduction is the top priority for Washington to obtain while 23% say health care is most important. Among Democrats, health care is most important. Among Republicans and unaffiliated voters, health care is fourth on the priority list.

Check out our review of last week’s key polls to see “What They Told Us.”

The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Updates also available onTwitter and Facebook.

Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove.

Tracking poll data shows that just 56% of conservatives consider themselves Republicans. Separate polling shows that 73% of GOP voters say Congressional Republicans have lost touch with the party’s base.


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2 Responses to Rasmussen Poll and deficit reduction

  1. Warren Mosler says:

    right, thanks.

    the problem is what to do in what is usually only a 15 minute time slot.

    so i try to get in the proposals, and then to address the ‘how are you going to pay for it’ I go into why we tax, which automatically answers the question of how are we going to pay for it, why taxes might go up or down in the future (to regulate demand, not to pay anything off), and what the right size deficit is (the one that equates to our economic goals for output and employment).


  2. Matt Franko says:

    Warren, my perception on the “fiscal conservative” side is that they subliminally equate high deficits with future high taxes to “pay for it”. If it wasnt for the future high taxes, they probably wouldnt care as much.
    So it was good that you started your last Tea Party stump speech talking about the tax holiday first, but these people are always thinking ahead (their nature) and that will only go so far with them as they will eventually come back to their belief that it will have to be paid back;
    I think this is where you can push your revolutionary plan to eliminate Treasury issuance at the same time. If they then see that the “debt” will just roll into reserves at maturity into the banking system, they should lose their fears they currently have that there is this giant tax increase lurking out there in their future to “pay the debt back”, and you can capture this voting block….Resp,


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