Thursday, May 14, 2009

Rasmussen poll: voters say politicians should cut expenses, not demand more from taxpayers

I told you I was polled by Rasmussen Tuesday night. The results were published today -- and by a wide margin the results show California voters expect politicians to cut expenses, not demand more money from taxpayers.

  • Seventy-three percent (73%) of California voters oppose raising state income taxes to eliminate the budget deficit. And raising the state sales tax is opposed by 69%.
  • 69% favor major cuts in government spending to eliminate the budget deficit. Only 16% oppose the spending cuts.
  • Ninety percent (90%) of voters say legislators should not get a pay raise if they fail to pass a balanced budget. Just five percent (5%) disagree.
  • Seventy percent (70%) believe that if the legislators can’t balance the budget, they should take a significant pay cut.
  • 84% of California voters say the bigger problem for the state is the unwillingness of politicians to control government spending. Only eight percent (8%) put more blame on voters’ unwillingness to pay enough in taxes.
  • Fifty-two percent (52%) also say the state’s elected officials are most to blame for California’s budget problems.
The most amazing figure: 84% blame politicians for not ensuring government lives within its means. The Tea Party movement should get some of the credit for getting the number that high.

What to do about the politicians not doing their job? I don't think the current crop of politicians in California, whose campaign chests are filled by SEIU and other public employee unions, will listen to the voters.

I only see 3 ways to get rid of the big spending politicians: (1) send a message May 19th (NO on every single measure on the California ballot); (2) raise up a crop of challengers with the guts to cut spending; and, (3) vote out the big spenders at election time.

By the way, the Bee recommends a YES vote on 5 of the 6 proposals.

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