Pew: More Now Trust GOP to Deal with Rising Deficit
10:50 AM, Mar 11, 2010 • By GARY ANDRES
Pew Research released a new analysis showing increasing concern among Americans about the federal budget deficit in the past six months. Those citing red ink as the “most important problem” reached the highest level in twenty years and nearly doubled, (from 6% in August of 2009 to 11% in January of 2010) in the last six months. According to Pew:
The percent saying health care was the most important problem also dipped from 20% to 13% during August, 2009-January 2010 period, inconvenient timing for House Democrats putting the final push on the health care bill in Congress.
The Pew study also finds the Republican party has regained the public’s trust (at least compared to the Democrats) on the issue of handling the federal budget deficit since the last congressional election.
Based on recent history, the party controlling the White House struggles on the issue who is better able the handle the deficit. As Pew notes:
One difference, however, between 1994 and today – more than twice as many Americans now believe the deficit is an important issue. That should provide some good news for the GOP going into the November elections, assuming the numbers hold: more people think the deficit issue is important, and the number who trust Republicans to handle it is also on the rise.
Read the full Pew Report here.