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Friday, October 22, 2010

Rasmussen: Only 25% Prefer a Government With More Services, Higher Taxes

Rasmussen Reports:

Most voters (65%) say they prefer a government with fewer services and lower taxes rather than one with more services and higher taxes. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that only 25% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a government with more services and higher taxes instead.

Consistent with past polling, most Republicans (86%) and the majority (77%) of voters not affiliated with either political party prefer a smaller government, while most Democrats (50%) favor a more active one. But nearly one-third (32%) of Democrats now like a government with fewer services and lower taxes.

As is often the case, there is a noticeable divide between the Political Class and Mainstream voters: 70% of the Political Class supports more services and higher taxes, while 78% of Mainstream voters prefer fewer services and lower taxes.

[Survey Question: "Generally speaking, would you prefer a more active government with more services and higher taxes or a smaller government with fewer services and lower taxes?"]

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It's a distinction without a difference but I'd prefer a gov't with a lot less people who get sent home on snow days because they're 'nonessential'

Posted by: bandit | Oct 22, 2010 8:49:10 AM

Just who are these 25% that want more government and higher taxes?! Obviously, the same lazy parasites driving around with Obama bumper stickers still on their cars.

Posted by: Woody | Oct 22, 2010 7:47:49 PM

Do they mean "services" like the military? Like our spending in Iraq and Afghanistan? Because I can imagine what would happen if fiscal conservatives started slashing military spending.

What if they passed a law that says anytime we go towar we have to raise taxes to pay for it? How many people would have been willing to see Iraq invaded if it meant their taxes went up to pay for it?

Posted by: largefrozenfish | Oct 23, 2010 1:12:24 PM

I feel sorry for anyone who thinks that freeloaders who want more services are referring to the Department of Defense. Defense is an essential role of government. "Rights" to housing, health care, retirement, jobs, welfare, etc. are what the 25% refer to as services.

Regarding paying for the Iraq War, Congress, under the control of the Democrats, authorized it.

Posted by: Woody | Oct 23, 2010 8:47:29 PM