Gallup poll shows Americans want spending cuts, not stimulus spending

posted at 10:12 am on December 8, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Almost everyone, it seems now, understands that the economy isn’t growing significantly, certainly not enough to get the kind of job creation necessary to lower unemployment.  What policies do Americans want taken to kick-start it back into high gear?  Gallup polled over a thousand general-population adults, and found that Keynesianism is in fact dead as a strategy:

Americans do not show a strong consensus for any of the approaches, but clearly reject additional economic stimulus spending. Theincreased government spending in late 2008/early 2009 to bail out major U.S. corporations and attempt to jump-start the economy concerned many Americans and helped fuel the Tea Party movement, leading to significant Democratic losses in Congress in the midterm elections. That concern is also reflected in Americans’ endorsing deficit reduction as an economic strategy over generally popular approaches like tax cuts or tax hikes on the wealthy.

Both independents and Republicans choose deficit reduction as the preferred economic approach. Republicans even choose it over tax cuts, a core Republican Party goal, by a 14-point margin. Democrats are less inclined to back deficit reduction, with a majority instead choosing to increase taxes on the wealthy.

Overall, Americans choose spending cuts (39%) over class-warfare tax hikes on the wealthy (31%), while almost no one argues for increases in government “stimulus” spending, which comes in at a lowly 5%.   Even among Democrats, Keynesianism is an ex-parrot; only 9% see that as the strategy for economic recovery.

The rest of the results show Democrats far out of step with the rest of the country.  Only 24% want spending cuts, as opposed to 42% of independents and 49% of Republicans.  A majority of Democrats want tax hikes on the wealthy (52%), an option that appeals to less than a third of independents (30%) and only 11% of Republicans.  Only 35% of Republicans want tax cuts at this juncture, which as Gallup notes comes in 14 points behind spending cuts.

The ever-brilliant editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez of Investors Business Daily explained this week that the solution to ballooning deficits and debt was not just elementary, but even more basic.  Ramirez gives a voice to the generation that will have to deal with the consequences:

Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.


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Polls also show vast disapproval for extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

ernesto on December 8, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Spot on, Mr. Ramirez!!

Khun Joe on December 8, 2010 at 10:15 AM

And that’s just an average baby.

Akzed on December 8, 2010 at 10:15 AM


Democrats are less inclined to back deficit reduction, with a majority instead choosing to increase taxes on the wealthy.

Yeah because that ALWAYS works!

Tony737 on December 8, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Even among Democrats, Keynesianism is an ex-parrot; only 9% see that as the strategy for economic recovery.

the unfortunate reality is that those 9% are concentrated in DC…

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 10:18 AM

I really think we’ve become ungovernable as a nation. Not going to the r-word or teh s- word, but I’m thinking them!!

abobo on December 8, 2010 at 10:19 AM

What is so hard to understand about any of this: STOP SPENDING MONEY YOU DON’T HAVE!

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Polls also show vast disapproval for extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

ernesto on December 8, 2010 at 10:14 AM

So much sand, such a little wagina.

Inanemergencydial on December 8, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Polls show vast disapproval…..

When over half the population does not have to pay taxes, and when over half the population is the recipient of government largesse…free bread and circuses…looking to polling as an indicator of tax policy seems pretty stupid.

In this small community, I know personally of almost a dozen people who face the choice of dropping their personal income to well below the national average or having to lay off just a few employees each should this taxing the “rich” stuff go ahead. Ya see, they are “rich” according to the IRS and the Dems in Congress, since they earn over $250k per annum.

The fact that “rich” employ a helluva lot more people than poor or middle class folks seems lost on most observers.

coldwarrior on December 8, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Polls also show vast disapproval for extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

ernesto on December 8, 2010 at 10:14 AM

ENOUGH OF THE CLASS WARFARE ON THE RICH!

/sarc

cornfedbubba on December 8, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Watch for the Dems to continue on their same talking points path, that the elections were not a reflection of how they were spending, but just a bunch of impatient, thuggish, tea baggers wanting change yesterday. *sigh*

capejasmine on December 8, 2010 at 10:23 AM

So much sand, such a little wagina.

Inanemergencydial on December 8, 2010 at 10:21 AM

How’s the water taste in De Nile?

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Democrats are less inclined to back deficit reduction, with a majority instead choosing to increase taxes on the wealthy.

That’ll get the economy hopping.

forest on December 8, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Inanemergencydial on December 8, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Heh, I’m not sure I get that, but I laughed anyway.

ornery_independent on December 8, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Yeah, polls prove, but stop their unemployment check or food stamps or government funding unions and the’ll be rioting in the streets….

Don L on December 8, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Also, although this is Gallup, I find their results suspicious.

Why? Try cutting federal spending for anything is nearly impossible. Suggest ending, say, our M.E. permawars…and the right screams to high heaven. Try to implement even the barest limits on welfare (like how many welfare brats Wanda Welfare Queen can have on the roll) and the left goes insane.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 10:29 AM

As for stopping spending…

Yeah, shoulda been done long ago. If it ain’t provided for in the Constitution, then the federal government has no business putting money into it, our money by the way, not the government’s money.

That should take a big bite out of it.

Ask yourself, if you had to run a budget for you or for you and your family, do you think for a moment all your creditors would sit back and let you run up more debt on top of more debt with the promise that someday, one of these days, maybe, you might get around to paying them back?

coldwarrior on December 8, 2010 at 10:29 AM

“Ugh, who let that…that…disgusting baby thing in here?”

-libs

Bishop on December 8, 2010 at 10:32 AM

remember the politicians will make the spending cuts hurt as many people as possible, for examples see CA after Prop 13, and NY budget crisis.

RonK on December 8, 2010 at 10:33 AM

How’s the water taste in De Nile?

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Your floodplain is so barren every mother’s ovulation hurts.

Inanemergencydial on December 8, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Your floodplain is so barren every mother’s ovulation hurts.

Inanemergencydial on December 8, 2010 at 10:33 AM

You take the prize for the most bizarre breeder post I’ve ever seen on the Internet, anywhere.

Not the stupidest, though, the competition is fierce in that area.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Not everyone on the right. I’d pull every last trooper out of Iraq and Afghanistan today if I could. The savages have had enough time to figure things out and they don’t seem to be serious, it’s time to leave or time to change the rules of our involvement.

Bishop on December 8, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Bishop on December 8, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Sorry. I do admit to generalizing a bit. There are some on the right who see the light (lol, that rhymes), it’s just that they’re constantly being drowned out by clueless warmongers.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Reminds me of that movie from years ago, Dave, I think it was called? Where they POTUS suffers a stroke and they get an account lookalike to take his place? And he gets his accountant friends to balance the budget in about 5 minutes?

Bob's Kid on December 8, 2010 at 10:41 AM

You take the prize for the most bizarre breeder post I’ve ever seen on the Internet, anywhere.

Not the stupidest, though, the competition is fierce in that area.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Congrats on your inception into breeder-haterdom-hall-of-fame-edom.

This is the internet, sooper-serious.

The best part?

You were too stupid to recognize my ridicule of you in my superciliousness.

Buh
Bye

Inanemergencydial on December 8, 2010 at 10:41 AM

I look Gary Varvel‘s take on the Debt Commission.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 8, 2010 at 10:45 AM

look = like

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 8, 2010 at 10:45 AM

It is time for government to feel some ‘pain’, as the American people have given more than enough for a government that can’t do its core functions well. Enough of ‘spreading the burden’, how about shedding some of the burden so we don’t have to lift so much? Sell off some assets to help get some liquid cash in so that the burden, once slipped free, can at least offer some payback?

That is what you do when you are in desperate economic straights and the government is only different in scale, not responsibilities. Cut the spending on those parts that are far beyond any credible binding to the Constitution and then trust the States and the people to figure it out for themselves. Just get these unaccountable tentacles out of our wallets, our bedrooms, our media, our homes and our lives and to do that all the House has to do is not put forward spending bills.

Nothing could be simpler.

ajacksonian on December 8, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Inanemergencydial on December 8, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Call whine-one-one, placenta-brain, and waste your verbal flatulence somewhere else.

To the discussion at hand – how about some limits on the child tax credit? You know, little things like if Junior is locked up in juvie, you don’t get no freaking tax credit. Give parents (especially ‘minority’ ones) a financial incentive to make their progeny behave and you will be amazed by what happens.

And how about extending the school day? Not only will taxpayers get more teaching for their money, but the merchants and police will thank you for it. Every hour teenage students spend in school is another hour they don’t have to worry about “five-finger-discounts” or worse. Stores will have less losses to recoup and cops can spend more time on serious criminals instead of hauling Bratford off to court for spraypainting or purse-snatching.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 10:49 AM

The liberals have been raiding the treasury for too long. The latest is the Pigford bill paying reparations to everyone who wanted to be a Black farmer but couldn’t because of alleged discrimination. What a joke.

The Dems act as if the expired tax cuts is their money. They treat the tax money as if it’s a loan to the American taxpayer we have to pay back. It should be called what it is – a massive tax increase.

This country didn’t get into debt because of tax cuts. It got here because of fiscal irresponsibility by our elected officials who kept spending money they didn’t have.

Giving them more taxes is just inviting more of the same – spending more on their redistribution of wealth schemes and social engineering.

No tax increase. Cut spending to include the extended jobless benefits!

iamsaved on December 8, 2010 at 10:50 AM

O/T: SpaceX just launched the world’s first PRIVATELY owned rocket into space! (From Cape Canaveral, with help from NASA).

Tony737 on December 8, 2010 at 10:50 AM

I want job stimulus by cutting taxes.

Blake on December 8, 2010 at 10:52 AM

And that’s just an average baby.

Akzed on December 8, 2010 at 10:15 AM

No wonder Charlie Rangle wants nothing to do with Average Americans. Even their babies are smarter than he is.

Lily on December 8, 2010 at 10:56 AM

We got a lot wrong in this country, but the problem isn’t letting those awful rich people keep more of their money. STOP HATING THOSE THAT EMPLOY PEOPLE. For every Paris Hilton, there are many more “rich” small business owners that get bashed every other day while working and earning their money. If you’re jealous of rich people, fine…devise a strategy that will change your situation. Otherwise, STFU with this class warfare garbage.

search4truth on December 8, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I want job stimulus by cutting taxes.

Blake on December 8, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Cut taxes, and also equally important is get rid of the strangling regulation that businesses have to deal with.

darwin on December 8, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Bingo: Wisconsin Governor-Elect Raises Prospect of Union Decertification to Balance Budget

Yes, a state solution, but we need to support all states in such a solution or we will end up with a bailout as big as Ireland + Greece + Portugal + Spain.

slickwillie2001 on December 8, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Economic Models Based on Earth Being Struck by Giant Asteroid

Mervis Winter on December 8, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Do you think the democratics believe the Mayan calendar?

slickwillie2001 on December 8, 2010 at 11:15 AM

The problem is even remotely suggesting the possibility of spending cuts to a Democrat comes across to them as you handing them an axe and asking them to cut off their right arm………for starts.

pilamaye on December 8, 2010 at 11:17 AM

I am going down to the local dumpster and see if the guy inside has any jobs … typical liberal thinking.

tarpon on December 8, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Bingo: Wisconsin Governor-Elect Raises Prospect of Union Decertification to Balance Budget

Yes, a state solution, but we need to support all states in such a solution or we will end up with a bailout as big as Ireland + Greece + Portugal + Spain.

slickwillie2001 on December 8, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Now we’re talking.

LASue on December 8, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Polls also show vast disapproval for extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
ernesto on December 8, 2010 at 10:14 AM

haha

it must be tough having the thankless job of supporting the absolute failures

Sonosam on December 8, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Republicans even choose it over tax cuts, a core Republican Party goal, by a 14-point margin.

Dummies.

Buy Danish on December 8, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Mideast perma wars, warmongering?

That’s the kind of talk from someone who willfully ignores that the Middle East is full of dictators and Islamic fanatics who have been permanently at war with the rest of the world since the 7th century. I think you know that, however; you believe you can indulge in that kind of isolationist rhetoric because you know we have a military that will clean up your mess and save your ass while you call everyone who believes one of the governments limited responsibilities -to provide for the common defense -chicken-hawks and warmongers. Cowardly.

celtnik on December 8, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Republicans even choose it over tax cuts, a core Republican Party goal, by a 14-point margin.

Dummies.

Buy Danish on December 8, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Marginal tax rate cuts would help, but the real core of the problem is the spending.

Count to 10 on December 8, 2010 at 12:04 PM

And how about extending the school day? Not only will taxpayers get more teaching for their money, but the merchants and police will thank you for it. Every hour teenage students spend in school is another hour they don’t have to worry about “five-finger-discounts” or worse. Stores will have less losses to recoup and cops can spend more time on serious criminals instead of hauling Bratford off to court for spraypainting or purse-snatching.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 10:49 AM

That’s as brilliant as solving crime problems with midnight basketball! Or walking away from Iraq after Desert Storm 1 in hopes that Saddam’s enemies would take him out for us.

Schools are supposed to teach, not babysit. 6 hours a day is about as long as you can productively study. How ludicrous to suggest that schools should keep children longer so we don’t have to worry about them misbehaving!

Besides, schools are probably the worst approach to keeping children busy and controlled possible. It amounts to telling children who usually spend way too much time sitting in a classroom to be still for a couple more hours a day.

This is what happens when you let the government run schools: people start wanting to use the schools to enact government/political agendas rather than teaching. No wonder young people think the government should be in control of everything. Everything in their school experience trains them to expect and accept that kind of top-down control.

Our children need to be more active, not less.

tom on December 8, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Ya know I was thinking some day I’d like to become one of them “rich” people but now I am having second thoughts.

If over half the population pays no taxes and then they vote predominantly democratic, guess what the democrats want more of? People who don’t pay taxes.

Democrats really are the party that is interested in creating more poor people.

odannyboy on December 8, 2010 at 1:37 PM

coldwarrior on December 8, 2010 at 10:22 AM

I’ll have you know sir that the rich do not create jobs. In fact, just the other day, I pulled $10 off of a tree.

So there!!

xax on December 8, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Not everyone on the right. I’d pull every last trooper out of Iraq and Afghanistan today if I could. The savages have had enough time to figure things out and they don’t seem to be serious, it’s time to leave or time to change the rules of our involvement.

Bishop on December 8, 2010 at 10:37 AM

I vote to make it a mirror if they can’t get their $hit straight, which they will not EVER be able to do.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Schools are supposed to teach, not babysit. 6 hours a day is about as long as you can productively study. tom on December 8, 2010 at 1:05 PM

I agree. Here in ND the legislature voted to provide funding for SUPPER, relating to after school programs.
Which is AKA FREE DAYCARE.
News Flash: those kids aren’t there to learn.
Bcs the kids who have parents who love & care properly for them do not leave them for other people to raise.
Eliminate welfare programs like:
Head Start AKA free daycare for babies
Before & Afterschool programs AKA free daycare for older kids
School Breakfast & lunch programs AKA feeding children whose parents have advocated another responsibility
I can certainly come up with more.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 2:42 PM

have advocated sloughed off another responsibility

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 2:42 PM

I was in Headstart. There were criteria for getting in and my father trained me for hours to get me to read by then. You had to show some aptitude. I don’t know what the program looks like today though. But if it still has its standards, I think headstart is a good program.

xax on December 8, 2010 at 2:51 PM

I think headstart is a good program.

xax on December 8, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Well it’s available to 3 year olds.
That is daycare, IMHO.
A 3yo,he!!, not even a 5yo, has business being in a school all day, or even 3 days a week for a half day or whatever.
That child should be taken care of by its parents.
Or grandparents.
Or Aunts, Uncles, cousins, whatever.
And if you are unfortunate, then I guess you gotta stick your kid in daycare.
But why does the govt pay for & subsidize daycare at all?
That is not their responsibility.
That is the parents’ responsibility.
Kids need their parents.
And most 2 parent households could actually come up with a plan so that one could stay home.
If I had a kid right now, I could quit my job, but it would be hard.
But we could do it.
My daughter, on the other hand, is a single mother & has to work.
So the kid is in daycare, but she also has a friend & family network to depend upon.
It is not the govt’s/school’s job to raise anybody.
And that is what Head Start does.
I would rather the govt pay mom to not work so she can raise her own kid (i.e. direct welfare payments)rather than this nonsense.
At least the kid has mom around.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 4:07 PM

And BTW-at least around here-Head Start is for ‘poor’ families.
Your kid doesn’t have to know how to do anything.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 4:08 PM

You take the prize for the most bizarre breeder post I’ve ever seen on the Internet, anywhere.

Not the stupidest, though, the competition is fierce in that area.

Dark-Star on December 8, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Breeder? You mean the slur homosexuals use when they attempt to ridicule heterosexuals? Fine. You want to spew hatred and intolerance, I will too. Now which name should I call you?

I suppose calling you “queer” won’t work, though, since you guys use the term now. Can you give me any suggestions? I’m not used to spewing hatred so I’ll need some help.

Squiggy on December 8, 2010 at 4:14 PM

xax on December 8, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Here’s a link about the Grand Forks ND Head Start program.
That program ALONE got over 2.5 mil for the ’09-10 year.
They served 384 children & families.
Avg monthly enrollment was ~354.
There is a waiting list.
So let’s see how my math goes:
out of the avg 354 kids served in that single program, that amounts to about $140K per kid that year.
I’m thinking it would be cheaper for the govt to pay for kids to go to daycare & let their own parents teach them until they hit the 1st grade.
And yes, some parents are lazy & think it’s not their job to teach their young children things.
It’s always been that way.
So personally, just based on this small exercise, & as a public HS teacher myself, I can see a HUGE amonut of $$$ wasted via the public school system & health & human services programs like Head Start.
It’s nothing but welfare.
Notice there is a financial requirement to get your kid into Head Start.
Just like Free & Reduced meals are used to determine how much federal funding a school gets, so to is the eligibility of Head Start determined for a child.
This is all nonsense & a huge waste of taxpayer dollars that has led to the erosion of the family.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 4:18 PM

And BTW-at least around here-Head Start is for ‘poor’ families.
Your kid doesn’t have to know how to do anything.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 4:08 PM

My granddaughter (now 8) went to Headstart. They taught her the ABC song. And colors. And that was it.

What really griped me was, they tried to make it look like they were useful by changing the last line in the ABC song to “Look what Headstart’s done for me”. Unbelievably lame.

Squiggy on December 8, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Squiggy on December 8, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Like I said, overpriced daycare.
Supreme waste of time.
It’s only a dumb down for kids.

Badger40 on December 8, 2010 at 5:29 PM