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Morning Examiner: America wants more spending cuts

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You won’t see MSNBC promoting this, but buried deep within their most recent poll are some results indicating that Americans are not only not afraid of the sequester, but want even deeper spending cuts.

First, MSNBC asks this question:

Now, as you may know, because Congress could not agree on how to reduce the federal deficit, starting next month there will be automatic cuts from the federal budget of six hundred billion dollars from the military budget and an equal total of six hundred billion dollars in cuts from non-military government programs and services. Several programs and services are exempt, such as Social Security, but for all other non-exempt programs the cuts are across-the-board so that agencies are not able to choose how much to cut from specific programs. Do you think this set of automatic spending cuts in the military and non-military programs are a good idea, a bad idea, or do you not know enough about this issue to have an opinion at this time?

Note how they use an inflated $600 billion figure that a) includes interest savings that aren’t even real cuts, and b) is spread out over ten years which MSNBC fails to mention. Not surprisingly, with this blatant liberal spin, only 21 percent describe the cuts as a good idea while 52 percent said it was a bad idea. But then MSNBC asked, “To deal with the deficit, which of the following three options would you favor Congress moving ahead with – the current set of automatic spending cuts, a plan that has more spending cuts, or a plan that has fewer spending cuts?”

While only 14 percent chose the current level of automatic cuts, a whopping 39 percent said the would prefer a plan with MORE cuts. Just 37 percent said they wanted fewer cuts. That is a 53 percent majority in favor of the current level of cuts or more.

Finally, MSNBC asked the following much more fair statement about the sequester:

Which of the following two statements about the automatic spending cuts that are set to go into place next month comes closest to your point of view? (ROTATE STATEMENTS.)
Statement A: These spending cuts are too severe and will hurt our economy. The President and Congress need to find a way to reduce our deficit by working together to avoid this from happening.
Statement B: Washington has become too partisan and the President and Congress cannot reach an agreement on reducing our deficit. Allowing these spending cuts to go into place may not be perfect, but it is time for dramatic measures to reduce the deficit.

While 50 percent of Americans did choose “working together to avoid this from happening” a very respectable 46 percent said “Allowing these spending cuts to go into place may not be perfect, but it is time for dramatic measures to reduce the deficit.”

These are not the poll results Obama needs to get House Republicans to cave on tax hikes.

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