Budget Deficit Slips as Priority

Pew Research: “As Barack Obama begins his final year in office, the goal of reducing the budget deficit, which the public once ranked among the most pressing objectives for his administration, has continued its recent decline in perceived importance.”

Budget deficit slips as public priority“Overall, 56% say that reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority for the president and Congress in 2016, down from 64% who said this last year. The emphasis given to the budget deficit peaked in 2013, the first year of Obama’s second term, when 72% called it a top priority. At that time, the deficit ranked behind only improving the job situation and the economy on the public’s to-do list. Today, reducing the budget deficit ranks ninth in priority out of 18 policy areas tested in the survey.”

“The latest national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Jan. 7-14 among 2,009 adults, finds that strengthening the nation’s economy and defending the country from future terrorist attacks rank atop the public’s priority list: 75% each say these should be top priorities for the country. These also were the public’s two most important policy goals in 2015.”

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  • Calbengoshi

    Because none of the horrible results (runaway inflation, devaluation of the dollar compared to other currencies, etc.) predicted by Republicans to result from deficit spending during the Obama administration (as opposed to deficit spending during the Bush administration), I think most voters no longer view budget deficits as a major problem.

    If a Democrat is elected President in 2016, I anticipate that the Republicans once again will claim at every opportunity that budget deficits are going to be the ruin of the economy, at which point a certain portion of the public is likely to become more concerned about deficits. However, if a Republican is elected President, then I anticipate that the GOP will not raise the specter of economic disaster in the event of future budget deficits.

    • agree 100%

    • embo66

      Agreed, though I’m not convinced that many Americans have connected the dots the way you suggest. It’s more that things like ISIS fill their brains as a bigger concern.

      But I surely agree with your interpretation of how the next president will be treated. As just one example: All the tax plans proffered by today’s GOP candidates would cause the deficit to surge, mostly because they are filled with hefty tax cuts of one sort or another.

      For most, however, that would then be the excuse to cut spending on things like SS and Medicare. Because I don’t think another profligate spender like GW Bush would be allowed in today’s GOP.

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