Monday, 26 May 2008

62% of US voters prefer smaller government, lower taxes

The divide between how to solve society's issues is on clear display in the latest Rasmussen poll.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 62% of voters would prefer fewer government services with lower taxes. Nearly a third (29%) disagrees and would rather have a bigger government with higher taxes. Ten percent (10%) are not sure.
Those numbers have changed little over the past month.
Would you like to hazard a guess at which party's voters want small government?
Republican voters overwhelmingly prefer fewer government services — 83% of the GOP faithful hold that view while just 13% prefer more government involvement. Democratic voters are evenly divided on this question: 46% prefer more government services, while 43% prefer less government services.
No shocks in those results. Conservatives want smaller government. The fact that liberals are evenly divided comes as somewhat of a surprise given that the Democratic Party playbook is all about bigger government to solve the big issues of health, education and jobs.
Not surprisingly, conservative voters like less government while liberal voters favor a bigger government. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of politically moderate voters prefer smaller government. A separate survey found that most adults (56%) are worried that the next president will raise taxes too much.
That's pretty interesting: 57% of moderates prefer smaller government. That must be to McCain's advantage?
Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters think American society is generally fair and decent. Twenty-seven percent (27%) think it is unfair and discriminatory. Those numbers have become slightly more positive over the past month.
I reckon the 27% should go and live in a truly unfair and discriminatory nation. All of the women can go and live in Saudi Arabia for a while, for example. That should cure their nonsense.
Three quarters of voters (75%) think people who move to America from other countries should adopt the nation’s culture. Just 13% think they should maintain their home country’s culture.
It's pretty interesting, really, that multiculturalists have the political and media high ground in the immigration debate. I'm sure that the 75% figure would be replicated in Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand etc. In the circumstance where the economy goes pear-shaped and jobs are being lost it's the immigrants that will come under closest scrutiny, as regularly happens. If 75% of the population believes immigrants should adopt the nation's culture then that's a large pool that nationalist parties can draw support from, as is being increasingly demonstrated in Britain and Belgium.
Forty-three percent (43%) of voters think the nation’s allies should do what the United States wants more often. Last month, 47% held that view. Twenty-eight percent (28%) think the U.S. should do what the allies want more often. A related survey found that most voters say bringing the troops home from Iraq should be a higher priority than winning the war.

Finally, nearly half of voters (47%) say American’s best days have come and gone. That number has not changed since last month. Thirty-nine percent (39%) of voters think the nation’s best days are still to come.
If America's best days have come and gone then, by definition, America's best day has come and gone.

What was that date?

What defined it as being the 'best'?

(Nothing Follows)


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