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NJ CC Poll Topline Results Dec 6

NJ CC Poll Topline Results Dec 6

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November 2011 Omnibus Week 3Princeton Survey Research Associates International forNational Journal
Final Topline ResultsNovember 21, 20111,003 adults age 18 and olderMargin of error: Plus or minus 3.7 percentage pointsInterviewing dates: November 17 – 20, 2011CC1.As you may know, the congressional “super committee” is reaching itsdeadline to produce a plan to reduce the federal deficit by at least $1.2trillion over the next decade. If the committee fails to reach an agreement,who do you think would be most to blame: [READ AND RANDOMIZE 1-3,ALWAYS READ 4 LAST]Nov 17-20201119Republicans in Congress10President Obama8Democrats in Congress54Or all parties equally?8Dont know/Refused (VOL.)CC2.Some people say an agreement to reduce the deficit would help the economyby increasing confidence among businesses and consumers. Others say anagreement would hurt the economy by requiring tax increases and spendingcuts that would reduce consumer spending and business investment. In youropinion, do you think an agreement to reduce the deficit would: [READ 1-3]Nov 17-20201142Help the economy16Hurt the economy [OR]29Not have much effect either way?13Dont know/Refused (VOL.)CC3.Which one of the following possible outcomes of an agreement to reduce thedeficit concerns you most? [READ AND RANDOMIZE]Nov 17-20201138It will cut too much from government programs like Medicare andSocial Security23It will raise taxes on people like you
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17It will not meet its target for reducing the federal deficit and debt12It will allow for too much federal spending in the next few years10Dont know/Refused (VOL. DO NOT READ)CC4.The super committee has considered many proposals for reducing the deficit.As I read a list of ideas, please tell me if you think each one should be part of the final package that Congress considers to reduce the deficit, or not. First,how about [INSERT, RANDOMIZE]? Do you think this should be part of thepackage to reduce the deficit, or not? Next, how about [INSERT]? [IFNECESSARY: Do you think this should be part of the package to reduce thedeficit, or not?] Yes, should bepart of deficitreduction packageNo, should not bepart of deficitreductionpackage(VOL.)
Don’t know/Refuseda.Letting the Bush tax cuts expirefor families earning at least$250,000 a yearNov 17-20, 2011533611b.Reducing the value of itemizeddeductions for families earning atleast $250,000 a yearNov 17-20, 2011553214c.Raising the eligibility age forMedicare from 65 to 67Nov 17-20, 201135623d.Placing strict limits on how muchWashington will spend onMedicaid and MedicareNov 17-20, 201145478e.Freezing spending through theyear 2019 on nondefensedomestic programs such aseducation, parks and housingNov 17-20, 201132626
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CC5.As you may know, if the super committee does not meet its deficit reductiontarget by the deadline, Congress has set rules requiring large automatic cutson defense and domestic programs. If the committee fails to meet its target,do you think these automatic cuts should go into effect or that Congressshould take action to stop them?Nov 17-20201126Automatic cuts should go into effect61Congress should take action to stop them13Dont know/Refused (VOL.)CC6.Would you like to see your representative in Congress vote in favor of adeficit reduction plan…[READ 1-2]Nov 17-20201131Only if it fully reflects your priorities for taxes and spending, [OR]53Even if it does NOT fully reflect your priorities, but that’s the only wayfor Congress to reach agreement on a deficit reduction plan3Neither is acceptable (VOL.)13Dont know/Refused (VOL.)
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