First, two from Rasumssen:
If they could vote to keep or replace the entire Congress, just 25% of voters nationwide would keep the current batch of legislators.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% would vote to replace the entire Congress and start all over again. Eighteen percent (18%) are not sure how they would vote.
Overall, these numbers are little changed since last October. When Congress was passing the unpopular $700-billion bailout plan in the heat of a presidential campaign and a seeming financial industry meltdown, 59% wanted to throw them all out. At that time, just 17% wanted to keep them.
There has been a bit of a partisan shift since last fall. With Democrats controlling both chambers of Congress, it’s not surprising to find that the number of Democrats who would vote to keep the entire Congress has grown from 25% last fall to 43% today. In fact, a modest plurality of Democrats would now vote to keep the legislators. Last fall, a plurality of Democrats were ready to throw them all out.
If there were no 17th Amendment, it would actually be possible to at least vote out the entire House next year. Which would (hopefully) send a sign to the states to replace or redirect their appointees.
Sixty-two percent (62%) of Americans say it’s always better to cut taxes than increase government spending because taxpayers, not bureaucrats, are the best judges of how to spend their own money.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 20% of adults disagree, and 18% are not sure.
The new findings mark a nine-point increase in support for taxpayers as the best judges of spending since January.
But then Americans by a two-to-one margin – 50% to 25% – believe that a dollar of tax cuts is always better than a dollar of public spending. One-in-four-Americans (25%), however, aren’t sure.
Similarly, just 25% say public spending provides much more bang for the buck than tax cuts when it comes to economic policy and creating jobs. Fifty percent (50%) disagree that public spending is better for the economy than tax cuts. But again 26% are undecided.
Poll after poll say the people want cuts in government spending and their money back instead of getting “stimulated” or “welfared”. Yet the government, no matter who is in charge, just keep spending.
This is most likely because folks can’t agree on what spending they want to cut. Sounds like it is time to look into focusing on a topic and push it.
As for the reuslts of last week’s polls linked here, Drang and I came in second on what the government insurance option should be called, but I won on who at the Seattle Times should be made to write a review of Michelle Malkin’s book.