"19% Say Hardly Anybody Believes More Government Spending Is Good for the Economy"

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    Mar 22, 2011 6:54 PM GMT
    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/general_business/march_2011/19_say_hardly_anybody_believes_more_government_spending_is_good_for_the_economy

    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.
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    Mar 22, 2011 7:01 PM GMT
    That is the most useful poll I've ever read. Unsurprisingly, it's from Rasmussen.
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    Mar 22, 2011 7:36 PM GMT
    A poll that shows that x-many Americans believe that most other Americans believe that....

    And this is supposed to show... what?
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    Mar 22, 2011 7:41 PM GMT
    tazzari saidA poll that shows that x-many Americans believe that most other Americans believe that....

    And this is supposed to show... what?


    I believe they're attempting to gauge what people's views are on spending priorities and an appetite for more stimulus as they ask more than the derivative question.

    Personally, while I think polls can be interesting, they're important insofar as they help provide guidance on how to deal with problems (though are often easily ignored by politicians of whatever stripe you like). The real impending problem for the US:
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