Poll: 75 Percent of Americans Blame State Budget Problems on Politicians’ Unwillingness to Cut Spending

By Christopher A. Guzman | July 9, 2010 | 6:38 PM EDT

A copy of President Barack Obama's Fiscal 2011 budget plan, which was delivered to the Senate Budget Committee on Monday, Feb. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(CNSNEWS.com) -- A recent Rasmussen poll shows that 75 percent of Americans place responsibility for state budget problems on politicians’ unwillingness to cut government spending and not on taxpayers’ unwillingness to pay more in taxes.
In fact, only 13 percent of the adults surveyed blamed the unwillingness of Americans to pay more in taxes as the cause of state budget woes. Another 12 percent were undecided about the issue.
These data come as 80 percent of those polled said their state is facing a budget crisis.
Rasmussen noted  that this latest poll reinforces one from February, which showed that 83 percent of Americans “blamed the federal budget deficit on politicians’ unwillingness to cut spending,” and a May 2009 poll, in which 77 percent said “politicians’ unwillingness to cut spending is the bigger problem in America today.” 
According to Rasmussen’s analysis, the “majority of adults of all political affiliations blame politicians’ lack of spending cuts for state budget problems.  But Democrats are slightly more inclined to criticize taxpayers for their unwillingness to pay more.”
The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted on July 5-6, 2010 and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.