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Rasmussen: Americans Say It's Always Better to Cut Taxes than to Increase Government Spending

1:24 PM, Jan 28, 2009 • By BRIAN FAUGHNAN
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While analysts continue to debate whether America is a center-right or center-left country, Rasmussen shows that the American people still pretty much agree with Ronald Reagan:

Paul Krugman, last year's winner of the Nobel Prize for economics and a regular columnist for the New York Times, recently wrote that you should "write off anyone who asserts that it's always better to cut taxes than to increase government spending because taxpayers, not bureaucrats, are the best judges of how to spend their money."

If you follow that advice, you'll be writing off a majority of Americans. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 53% say that it's always better to cut taxes. Only 24% share Krugman's views.

Republicans overwhelmingly say it's always better to cut taxes, and so do 50% of those not affiliated with either major party. Twenty-three percent (23%) of unaffiliateds take the opposite view and agree with Krugman.

Democrats are evenly divided-38% say tax cuts are always better while 34% disagree.

It's a fascinating finding, particularly when Democrats and President Obama are so eager to reject tax cuts supported by Republicans in favor of more government spending. If their plan fails to revive the economy, it'll be very difficult to explain to an already skeptical populace why they stuck with a massive pork-barrel bill instead of reducing barriers to economic growth.

And if I may observe, was it really necessary to slam a Nobel Prize winner just to make a point?