A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows that Americans are a lot more liberal than the corporate media would lead us to believe.
According to the poll, “…more than 60 percent – including key swing-voter groups – are concerned that major cuts from Congress could impact their lives and their families. What’s more, while Americans find some budget cuts acceptable, they are adamantly opposed to cuts in Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and K-12 education.”
Despite the corporate media’s ongoing obsession with screaming and irrational teabaggers funded by corporations such as Kochroach, Inc., the vast majority of rational Americans are more concerned with creating jobs than with ill-conceived cuts which would hurt them economically.
Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the survey with Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart, says these results are a “cautionary sign” for a Republican Party pursuing deep budget cuts.
He points out that the Americans who are most concerned about spending cuts are core Republicans and Tea Party supporters, not independents and swing voters.
“It may be hard to understand why a person might jump off a cliff, unless you understand they’re being chased by a tiger,” he said. “That tiger is the Tea Party.”
For instance: 33 percent of Tea Party supporters, 34 percent of Republicans and 35 percent of voters backing John McCain in the last presidential election, list deficit/spending as the top issue the federal government should address — compared with 23 percent of independents, 24 percent of suburban women, 19 percent of seniors and 19 percent of those aged 18 to 34.
By contrast, 35 percent of seniors, 39 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds, 40 percent of independents and 41 percent of suburban women believe job creation/economic growth is the nation’s top issue.
And two-thirds of independents, seniors, 18- to 34-year-olds and suburban women say they are concerned that major cuts to government spending could impact them and their families. Roughly half of Republicans, McCain voters and Tea Party supporters express the same concern.
The survey also listed 26 different ways to reduce the federal budget deficit. 81% of those surveyed wanted to see a surtax on federal income taxes for those earning more than $1 million per year. 78% were in favor of eliminating spending on earmarks. 76% wanted to eliminate funding for weapons systems the Defense Department says aren’t necessary. 74% would like to eliminate tax credits for the oil and gas industries.
The least popular ways to reduce the deficit were cutting funding for Medicaid; only 32% said that was acceptable. Only 23% want to see cuts to funding for Medicare. And only 22% were in favor of either cutting funding for K-12 education or cutting funding for Social Security.
GOP pollster McInturff says that these numbers should “serve as a huge flashing yellow sign to Republicans…if they are going to start to talk about changes to Medicare and Social Security.”
This poll shows, once again, that the teabaggers are only a tiny slice of America no matter how much attention The Fox Spews Fascist Propaganda Channel and the rest of the corporate media pays them. No matter how loudly the teabaggers yell and scream and hold their breath they clearly do not represent America.
Rational Americans are a liberal bunch, even if they don’t like to admit it. America wants to tax the rich so they pay their fair share. America wants to cut useless and overpriced weapons programs. America wants to stop subsidizing oil companies that make billions in profits but don’t pay taxes.
What America doesn’t want are cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, or education.
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