SOURCE: BIGresearch


March 22, 2011 11:22 ET

American Pulse™: Half of Voters Have Hope in National Debt Resolution

Majority Think Passing Debt on to Future Generations Is Unfair; 3 in 10 Say It's Necessary

WORTHINGTON, OH--(Marketwire - March 22, 2011) - 50.2% of Voters say it is possible to resolve the current national debt issue without passing debt on to future generations, according to the latest American Pulse™ Survey of 5,247 respondents (30.3% think it's impossible, 19.6% don't know). Further, 64.4% of Registered Independents, 63.8% of Republicans and 58.4% of Democrats say they are willing to make sacrifices to lessen the debt burden for younger generations:

What would you be willing to sacrifice? (Top 5)
    Voters   Republicans   Democrats   Independents
Spending on public workers   49.4%   58.3%   37.7%   55.1%
Welfare programs   47.3%   59.1%   33.3%   52.3%
Military spending   31.8%   19.6%   40.9%   33.3%
Personal income   30.5%   23.7%   34.6%   34.3%
Unemployment benefits   29.3%   37.0%   21.3%   30.6%

Source: American Pulse™ Mar-11

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It appears Registered Republicans and Independents are more willing to cut spending on public workers and welfare programs while Democrats would rather see less military spending and higher taxes taken out of their personal income.

56.7% of Registered Voters somewhat/strongly agree that passing national debt on to future generations is unfair. 61.3% of Registered Republicans, 57.7% of Independents and 51.6% of Democrats agree. However, nearly 3 in 10 (29.6%) Voters think passing on debt is necessary (36.2% of Registered Democrats, 26.4% of Independents and 24.8% of Republicans agree).

Other Key Findings Among Registered Voters:

  • 94.9% have noticed an increase in the price of gasoline, while 76.3% indicate they are paying more at the grocery store. 29.7% have seen an increase in the price of clothing, and only 2.4% haven't noticed any price increases.
  • 79.5% don't think the U.S. is doing an effective job in eliminating undocumented citizens (7.7% say the government is doing an effective job while 12.8% don't know). 75.5% care if undocumented citizens live in the U.S. while 18.0% don't care (6.5% don't know).
  • 11.8% believe undocumented immigrants should have access to free healthcare. More (22.1%) believe they have the right to an education.
  • Who will win the NCAA March Madness Tournament? 9.0% predict Ohio State, 7.9% are rooting for Duke and 4.2% want to see Kansas win it all.

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American Pulse™
The American Pulse™ Survey is collected online by BIGresearch® twice a month exclusively utilizing SSI's U.S. panel covering topics such as politics, pop culture and the economy. 5,247 respondents participated in the 2nd March American Pulse conducted 3/14-3/16/2011. Margin of error is +/- 1.4%.

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