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16% Think Budget Can Be Balanced Without Spending Cuts

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Voters are evenly divided over whether the federal budget can be balanced without tax increases but strongly believe spending cuts are necessary to achieve that goal.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 16% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is possible to balance the federal budget without cutting spending. Seventy-one percent (71%) disagree and say it is not possible. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 16-17, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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