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Sorry Schumer: Americans Are Okay with 'Extreme' Spending Cuts

4:04 PM, Mar 29, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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As John McCormack noted earlier, Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., got caught on a conference call directing fellow Democrats to always use the word "extreme" when discussing budget cuts. There's just one problem -- Americans apparently know that the situation is very, very dire. Based on this poll from Resurgent Republic, "extreme" langauge doesn't much affect America's opinion about the need to cut spending:

According to Resurgent Republic's most recent survey, voters support spending cuts even when counter-arguments use extreme language like "slashing" or claim proposed spending cuts are  "too severe and go too far" or "destroy American jobs."

—62 percent of voters agree with "Republicans who say we need to cut significant federal spending through the rest of this fiscal year."

—Voters in all three partisan groups believe the federal deficit is driven by too much spending, not too little revenue: 81 percent of Republicans, 63 percent of Independents, and even 52 percent of Democrats.

—61 percent of voters -- including 68 percent of Independents -- believe spending cuts are necessary even when those spending cuts are described in the extreme, such as "slashing funding for important programs like eduction, the Environmental Protection Agency, and border security."

There's one phrase that voters do not think is extreme: "We have got to stop spending money we don't have."

In case you missed it, our March survey results can be found here.

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