The latest Rasmussen tracking poll reflects America, growing weariness over the size of President Obama’s budget. By a 46% to 41% margin Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Obama’s massive $3.6 Trillion dollar budget (13% are undecided). Three-quarters of voters are concerned that the budget spends too much.
Notable within the results is the fact that the closer one is following the budget, the more likely that the person has a negative opinion of if. In other words, to know the budget is to hate it. More Below:
Voters Divided on Obama Budget
Friday, March 06, 2009
As he seeks support for his budget, however, the president holds an important trump card among those who are undecided. While they are unsure about the budget itself, 71% of these undecideds approve of the way Obama has performed as president and are likely to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Government employees, by a 57% to 32% margin, have a favorable opinion of the budget. Those who work in the private sector hold a different view. Fifty-two percent (52%) of private sector workers have an unfavorable opinion while 39% look upon the budget favorably.
Overall, 75% of voters are concerned that the new budget will lead to too much government spending. That includes 49% who are Very Concerned.
At the other extreme, 38% are concerned that the new budget will cut taxes too much. Just 12% are Very Concerned about too much tax cutting.
Forty-four percent (44%) believe the budget will help the economy while 41% believe it will hurt.
Support for the budget proposal is strongly correlated with perceptions of the president’s job performance. Among those who Strongly Approve of how Obama is doing, 87% favor his budget plan. Among those who disapprove of the president’s performance, just one percent (1%) have a favorable opinion of the budgetary blueprint.
The group in the middle are those who Somewhat Approve of the president’s performance. Among these voters, 33% have a favorable opinion of the budget plan, 35% offer an unfavorable opinion, and 33% are not sure.
As for concerns about too much spending, just 47% of those who Strongly Approve of Obama’s performance share it. Only 10% of the president’s strongest supporters are Very Concerned about the possibility of too much spending.
However, among those who are somewhat supportive of Obama’s performance, 86% are concerned that the budget plan includes too much government spending. Among those who disapprove of the president’s performance, 99% worry that the budget will increase spending too much.
Regardless of their opinion, people are paying attention to Washington’s debate over the budget. Sixty-two percent (62%) are following news coverage Very Closely, and another 31% are watching Somewhat Closely. Those paying the closest attention are slightly more negative in their view of the budget than other voters.
1* How closely have you followed recent news stories about President Obama’s proposed budget?
62% Very closely
31% Somewhat closely
4% Not very closely
2% Not at all
1% Not sure
2* Generally speaking, do you have a favorable or an unfavorable opinion of the President’s proposed budget?
13% Not sure
3* How concerned are you that the President’s budget will increase government spending too much?
49% Very concerned
26% Somewhat concerned
18% Not very concerned
4% Not at all concerned
3% Not sure
4* How concerned are you that the President’s budget will cut taxes too much?
12% Very concerned
26% Somewhat concerned
31% Not very concerned
21% Not at all concerned
10% Not sure
5* Will the President’s proposed budget help the economy, hurt the economy, or have no impact on the economy?
6% No impact
9% Not sure