The people have spoken, again. As politicians on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue ponder the path to avoid the fiscal cliff, a new poll by George Washington University and Politico gives them fresh guidance. Here is a sampling of public opinion on issues facing Congress and the White House, and detail from Face The Facts USA:
- Government spending: 75 percent want to cut government spending across the board.
- Income taxes: 60 percent favor raising taxes on households earning more than $250,000. FACT on Bush tax cuts shows who would be affected.
- Pentagon spending: 59 percent oppose ‘significant’ cuts to the Defense budget. FACT shows how sequestration would affect Pentagon spending.
- Medicare: 51 percent want to reduce Medicare benefits for high-income beneficiaries. FACT on how Medicare dollars are spent.
- Corporate taxes: 64 percent favor raising taxes on large corporations. FACT on American corporate tax rates, which are highest in the world.
- Social Security: 64 percent oppose raising the retirement age for Social Security. FACT on who receives Social Security benefits; you might be surprised.
For more information about all these issues, visit Face The Facts USA, a project of GWU.