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WASHINGTON, D.C. – American voters want elected officials to take bold steps to decrease the federal budget deficit and debt, and they won’t accept any excuses for failing to do so, according to a survey released today by FreedomWorks. Likely voters overwhelmingly support balancing the budget within 10 years and taking immediate action to address the impending entitlement crisis while opposing plans to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.
“The budget proposal released today by the Republican Study Committee is just the kind of bold action the American people are demanding from elected officials,” said former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, the chairman of FreedomWorks.
“Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget earlier this week was a solid proposal and set a good foundation to begin a serious adult debate on how best to get our national debt under control. But it’s clear that American voters don’t want to wait 30 years for a balanced budget. They want the deficit eliminated within 10 years and expect Congress to make the tough decisions required to meet such an aggressive goal.”
A poll of 1,001 likely voters in fourteen battleground swing states, conducted April 2-4 by Luntz Global, found that 88 percent support taking action now to reform Social Security and Medicare. Likely voters view no area of the federal budget as off-limits, as 78 percent agreed with Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ recommendation to cut $145 billion in unnecessary defense spending.
Other key findings of the survey include:
“Republicans won the majority in the House because they promised to be bold,” Armey said. “The American people expect them to make the tough decisions, to grab the so-called ‘third-rails’ of entitlements and be aggressive in getting the budget back under control.”
After the Democratic controlled Congress of the past 4 years spent us into oblivion with historic, dramatic increases in spending, and failed to produce a budget, the Republicans in both the House and Senate are thankfully coming forward with serious budget reform proposals.
Voters are also realistic, with 55 percent saying they would prefer Congress pass a budget with some spending cuts than pass no budget at all, even if the final product is imperfect. “No one wants a government shutdown,” Armey said. “But this entire freshman class was voted in to get the budget and deficit under control. The motto needs to be, ‘If we can’t stand on our principles and balance the budget and create significant entitlement reform, then we did not do our job.’”
For more information on the FreedomWorks survey, visit http://www.freedomworks.org/luntzpoll