Ipsos/ Reuters Political Tracker: September 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Washington, DC - Ipsos' latest poll carried out on behalf of Reuters and published today shows that Americans are much more likely to believe that cutting taxes and reducing the deficit will stimulate job generation, compared to government spending -- and this sentiment cuts across party lines. This suggests that Republican economic messages may be more resonant with the majority of public opinion compared to the Democrats', presenting a real challenge to the Administration when it comes to communicating on economic policy.
Three-quarters (74%) of Americans believe that the current high unemployment rates mean that something is 'broken' in the economy, compared to just over one in five (22%) Americans who believe that these unemployment rates are 'part of the natural ups and downs of the economy'. More than half (57%) believe that in hard economic times, the Government should cut the deficit to balance the budget and save money, rather than run a deficit to stimulate the economy and create jobs (39%).
A third (33%) believe that things in this country are heading in the right direction, compared to three in five (61%) who think they are on the wrong track. Exactly half (50%) disapprove of the way President Obama is doing his job, and 47% approve.
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