Mar 22, 2011 6:54 PM GMT
The Obama administration has acted on the belief that increased government spending is good for the economy, and a solid plurality of voters recognize that this view is not widely shared by the American people.
In fact, 47% of Likely U.S. Voters recognize that it’s mostly liberals who believe that more government spending will help the economy.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 14% of voters mistakenly believe that most Americans agree more government spending is an economic booster, while 19% say hardly anybody believes that to be true. Seven percent (7%) say the position is held mostly by conservatives. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Those perceptions are found at a time when just 29% of voters believe hiking government spending is good for the economy.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Republicans and 53% of voters not affiliated with either of the major parties understand that the idea of more government spending helping the economy is shared mostly by liberals. But just 31% of Democrats agree.
Twenty percent (20%) of Democrats, in fact, say most Americans believe in more government spending as a economic cure, a view shared by just seven percent (7%) of GOP voters and 13% of unaffiliateds.