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Voters Prefer GOP Budget Proposal Over Dem Plan By 2-To-1 Margin, But Trust Dems More On Budgetary Issues...

The Hill blames the discrepancy on the GOP’s "image problem". I blame the GOP's "image problem" on an MSM that demonizes them every time they advocate for fiscal constraint.

Bottom line: the American people appear to be very confused...

Respondents in The Hill Poll were asked to choose which of two approaches they would prefer on the budget, but the question’s phrasing included no cues as to which party advocated for which option.

Presented in that way, 55 percent of likely voters opted for a plan that would slash $5 trillion in government spending, provide for no additional tax revenue and balance the budget within 10 years — in essence, the path recommended by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) last week.

This was almost twice as many voters as opted for a proposal that would include $1 trillion in added tax revenue as well as $100 billion in infrastructure spending, and which would reduce the deficit without eradicating it. 

Only 28 percent of voters preferred this option, which reflects the proposal put forth by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) last week. 

An even stronger majority of respondents, 65 percent, said U.S. budget deficits should be reduced mostly by cutting spending rather than by raising taxes. Just 24 percent said the budget should be balanced mostly by increasing revenue. 

Yesterday, Professor Jacobson of Legal Insurrection posted a graphic which illustrated the top issues discussed in relation to Obama over the last two weeks.

 The greener the bubble, the more positive the issue; the redder the  bubble, the more negative.

Obama’s toughest issues were spending cuts, drones, guns, and assorted foreign policy concerns.

And guess what his most positive issues were. Go ahead - guess....

The president’s most positive areas, on the other hand, centered around economic concerns and immigration.

And the icing on the cake - 

A new Rasmussen Reports national poll, out today, finds that only 35% of all likely U.S. voters now view Paul Ryan,  favorably. Yet he is the guy whose budget proposal 55% favor.

*Head desk*


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