Life Inside The Liberal Bubble
More than three-quarters of Republicans (76%) want a spending cap that indexes spending to population growth, and half of those who don’t want a stricter spending cap. Only 36% of Democrats want an indexed cap, and 49% of those who don’t prefer a looser cap, and another 22% want no cap at all. The indexed cap gets 57% of independents, but only 31% of independents opposed to it want a stricter cap. Nevertheless, support for caps of one sort or another add up to around 60% of the overall electorate — which would make it difficult for Democrats to run on a spend-more platform.
First, though, you’d have to make sure that people understand that we are spending more over the last ten years. Nearly nine of ten Republicans know it (86%), and almost as many independents (81%). Only 61% of Democrats correctly answer that question, while 16% believe it’s stayed the same.
Younger voters tend to follow the same pattern (66% and 10% respectively), while older demos have more than 80% each answering correctly. Self-identified Tea Party members do a little better than non-members (87% to 73%), while the working-class incomes score higher than lower and higher brackets.
The most ironic part of the survey? The political class, which should know this better than most, only gets 65% answering correctly, while 85% of the mainstream gets it right. That tells us we probably need a new political class, eh?