Poll: Voters Prefer Paul Ryan Budget Proposals by 2 to 1 Over Democrat Tax Hike Plans

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 at 8:21 am

One little problem with this. The pollster basically removes party affiliation from the competing plans currently on the table. Presented without party affiliation voters tend to overwhelmingly prefer the plan where spending is cut back and no tax hikes are necessary.

Now if the GOP could just fix their image problem we’d really be on to something.

More voters trust the Democratic Party than the Republican Party on budgetary issues, according to the results of a new poll for The Hill — even though a strong majority actually prefer Republican fiscal policies.

The discrepancy would appear to be rooted in the GOP’s image problem, as the party attempts to recover from a bruising general election and recalibrate for a new generation of voters.

Respondents in The Hill Poll were asked to choose which of two approaches they would prefer on the budget, but the question’s phrasing included no cues as to which party advocated for which option.Presented in that way, 55 percent of likely voters opted for a plan that would slash $5 trillion in government spending, provide for no additional tax revenue and balance the budget within 10 years — in essence, the path recommended by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) last week.

This was almost twice as many voters as opted for a proposal that would include $1 trillion in added tax revenue as well as $100 billion in infrastructure spending, and which would reduce the deficit without eradicating it.

Only 28 percent of voters preferred this option, which reflects the proposal put forth by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) last week.

An even stronger majority of respondents, 65 percent, said U.S. budget deficits should be reduced mostly by cutting spending rather than by raising taxes. Just 24 percent said the budget should be balanced mostly by increasing revenue.

These numbers, by the way, come from a D+5 sample. The GOP is winning on this budget fight as Obama’s approval ratings have plummeted in recent weeks. They need to stay on offense. Are you listening, John Boehner?

5 Responses to “Poll: Voters Prefer Paul Ryan Budget Proposals by 2 to 1 Over Democrat Tax Hike Plans”

  1. BackwardsBoy on 18/18/13 at 10:02 am

    About the GOP’s image problem: they seemingly can’t articulate the message that a bigger government means less prosperity for everyone. And they have the MFM twisting everything they say, and no one on the right ever refutes their talking points.

    So much low-hanging fruit, so many refusing to reach up…

  2. David Gillies on 18/18/13 at 10:17 am

    Boehner needs to go, NOW. He might as well be a DNC operative for all the good he is at holding the line against the Democrats and their rapacious desire to suck ever more out of the productive classes and squander it on public sector tax leeches, cronies and client groups.

  3. red sweater on 18/18/13 at 11:11 am

    My wife used to work in a small Australian office here in the US. She was the only American employee; all the others were on a fixed-length assignment from Australia. They couldn’t believe she was a Republican. “The Republicans party is for the rich. Democrats represent the working class,” they parroted.

    As long as the MSM exists, the Republican party will always have an image problem, regardless of whether the party is bumbling or brilliant at PR.

  4. Blue Hen on 18/18/13 at 11:19 am

    I wouldn’t cheer this poll. Most people are for responsible fiscal policy the same way that most people watch PBS, not reality shows. Sadly, even among the tea party, once programs get named, people lose courage and vote for the status quo. The status quo is spend and defer responsibility.

    The ham-handed money grab that the EU made for Cypriot bank accounts underscores this. People do not want to support solutions to this mess, and policy makers lie, dissemble and take actions that benefit themselves (government employees and agencies were supposedly exempt) and nail the peasants. This fuels the mindless crowds demanding more.

  5. MT Geoff on 18/18/13 at 12:41 pm

    Generally speaking, libertarian and conservative policies have more public support than big government and big spending do. Until you point to a particular program or ox and say, “This is where the goring starts.” Hardly surprising but it’s discouraging.
    I’ll go first: military pensions will have to rise slower than they would to keep up with inflation. There are a lot of us, we live longer than we used to, and it will have to give.