Poll: 57% Say Obama Would Spend New Tax Revenue On Gov't Programs; 70% Say Less Spending Would Grow Economy

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | October 8, 2012 | 3:57 PM EDT

A new survey shows that 57% of likely voters think Pres. Obama would use any additional tax revenue to increase spending on government programs - not to reduce the debt/deficit.

According to the new nationwide survey conducted by The Tarrance Group for the non-profit group Public Notice, only 32% of Americans actually believe Obama would use the additional tax revenue to pay down the deficit, leaving 11% unsure how he'd use the money.

Likewise, fully 70% of voters say reducing government spending would be the best way to grow the economy, compared to only 23% who say more government spending would do the job (7% are "Unsure").

Gretchen Hamel, executive director of Public Notice, says the poll results "show that Washington's reckless spending isn't just hurting the economy, it's also hurting their credibility."

"We've seen four straight years of trillion dollar deficits, why would Americans give Washington another dime until they show they can spend the first one wisely? "

Public Notice describes itself as "an independent, nonpartisan, non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to providing the facts and insights on the effects public policy has on Americans' financial well-being."

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