Latest polls on budget and debt ceiling

Americans have been polled. Now, politicians in Washington want us to believe that the vast majority of us love to pay a higher percentage of income tax than Rupert Murdoch and that Facebook guy.  But, as it turns out, we want to tax the rich (that is, end tax cuts for the rich), protect social security, and cut military spending. (here's what we're doing about it).
Billionaire-Tax-CutAmericans have been polled. Now, politicians in Washington want us to believe that the vast majority of us love to pay a higher percentage of income tax than Rupert Murdoch and that Facebook guy.  But, as it turns out, we want to tax the rich (that is, end tax cuts for the rich), protect social security, and cut military spending. 
If someone says, prove it! you can show them this compilation of polls that all say the same thing - balance the budget on the backs of billionaires. And the political moment is here - Bush tax cuts for billionaires is set to expire in a few months. Congress would have to actively continue those cuts through legislation. So, now we know we're not alone, we can feel good about holding Democrats' feet to the fire in fighting for taxes on billionaires. Take action and keep in touch with the ongoing RootsAction campaign.
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60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, Jan. 3, 2011

What would you do first to balance the budget?

61% tax the rich
20% cut the military
4% cut Medicare
3% cut Social Security


CBS, January 14, 2011

Willingness to accept each policy:
52% cut the military

CBS-New York Times, Conducted January 15-19, 2011

Expression of first choice policy:
55% cut the military
21% cut Medicare
13% cut Social Security

Washington Post-ABC News Poll, conducted April 14-17, 2011
Approval of each policy:

72% tax the rich (with incomes over 250-thousand dollars a year)
42% cut the military
30% cut Medicaid
21% cut Medicare

 

Gallup, January 26, 2011

Approval of each policy:
42% cut Homeland Security
42% cut the military
38% cut Medicare
34% cut Social Security

Gallup, July 12, 2011

39% U.S. spends too much on military
22% U.S. spends too little on military
57% U.S. should not attack another nation unless attacked first


Raise taxes on those with incomes over $250,000 a year
Ohio 72%
Missouri 67%
Montana 69%
Minnesota 71%

Don't Cut Social Security
Ohio 80%
Missouri 76%
Montana 76%
Minnesota 72%

Don't Cut Medicare
Ohio 76%
Missouri 77%
Montana 71%
Minnesota 69%

Don't Cut Medicaid
Ohio 61%
Missouri 63%
Montana 59%
Minnesota 62%

http://act.boldprogressives.org/sign/poll_budget_swingstates/
Public Policy Polling of voters in Ohio, Missouri, Montana, and Minnesota, July 6, 2011

When shown the budget and given the opportunity to change it, Americans cut the military and tax the rich:
http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/incl/printable_version.php?pnt=677
and
http://www.public-consultation.org/studies/budgetcomparisons_mar11.html
and
http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/articles/brunitedstatescanadara/85.php?lb=btot&pnt=85&nid=&id=

25% of voters believe the United States should always spend at least three times as much on defense as any other nation [It actually spends about seven times the closest competitor]
Rasmussen, February 1, 2011
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/january_2011/voters_underestimate_how_much_u_s_spends_on_defense
 
 

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