Religion and Politics Survey, November 2011

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Q40

(Percentages are weighted by WEIGHT; Total Ns reported are unweighted)

In your view, what is the best way to reduce the federal budget deficit? Should we mostly focus on [RANDOMIZE: Cutting major programs / Increasing taxes] mostly focus on [increasing taxes / cutting major programs] or should we do a combination of both?
  1) Cutting major programs
  2) Increasing taxes
  3) Combination of both
  4) Deficit is not a priority/Don't focus on deficit (Vol.)
  9) Don't know/Refused (Vol.)

Category Percentage Cumulative Percentage
Cutting major programs 17.1% 17.1%
Increasing taxes 8.5% 25.6%
Combination of both 62.4% 88.0%
Deficit is not a priority/Don't focus on deficit (Vol.) 1.2% 89.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 10.8% 100.0%
Total N = 2001

Variable Comparisons

Age (I-AGE)

18-29 years old 30-39 years old 40-49 years old 50-59 years old 60-69 years old 70 years and older TOTAL
Cutting major programs 13.1% 17.7% 21.5% 14.8% 16.8% 19.1% 16.9%
Increasing taxes 8.7% 12.3% 8.7% 6.0% 9.4% 5.4% 8.5%
Combination of both 69.0% 61.1% 59.2% 62.4% 61.5% 60.0% 62.6%
Deficit is not a priority/Don't focus on deficit (Vol.) 0.7% 0.9% 2.2% 1.8% 0.3% 1.0% 1.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 8.5% 8.0% 8.4% 15.0% 12.1% 14.4% 10.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1965


Education (I-EDUC)

High school incomplete (grades 1-11) High school graduate (grade 12 or GED certificate) Some college, associate degree, no four-year degree or Technical, trade, or vocational school after high school College graduate (B.S., B.A., or other four-year degree) Postgraduate training or professional schooling after college TOTAL
Cutting major programs 8.8% 17.0% 17.9% 22.2% 18.3% 17.2%
Increasing taxes 3.7% 6.9% 9.1% 10.9% 12.9% 8.4%
Combination of both 69.4% 61.8% 60.8% 60.3% 62.3% 62.3%
Deficit is not a priority/Don't focus on deficit (Vol.) 0.7% 1.1% 2.0% 1.0% 0.4% 1.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 17.3% 13.3% 10.2% 5.6% 6.1% 10.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1989


Race (I-RACE)

White, non-Hispanic Black, non-Hispanic Hispanic Other TOTAL
Cutting major programs 20.1% 5.6% 13.6% 15.0% 17.2%
Increasing taxes 8.0% 12.5% 6.0% 10.7% 8.5%
Combination of both 59.6% 66.8% 72.7% 61.4% 62.3%
Deficit is not a priority/Don't focus on deficit (Vol.) 1.5% 0.5% 0.5% 0.7% 1.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 10.8% 14.7% 7.2% 12.1% 10.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1979


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Protestant Roman Catholic Other None TOTAL
Cutting major programs 18.0% 16.8% 21.2% 12.3% 17.2%
Increasing taxes 7.0% 5.6% 8.8% 14.4% 8.3%
Combination of both 63.1% 66.9% 58.6% 58.3% 62.4%
Deficit is not a priority/Don't focus on deficit (Vol.) 1.1% 0.9% 1.4% 1.5% 1.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 10.9% 9.8% 10.0% 13.5% 10.9%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1955


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
Cutting major programs 18.8% 15.4% 17.1%
Increasing taxes 8.0% 8.9% 8.5%
Combination of both 63.2% 61.7% 62.4%
Deficit is not a priority/Don't focus on deficit (Vol.) 1.2% 1.1% 1.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 8.8% 12.8% 10.8%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0%
2001


Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Very conservative Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal TOTAL
Cutting major programs 43.6% 25.1% 13.2% 6.0% 6.0% 17.6%
Increasing taxes 0.8% 5.0% 7.4% 14.5% 24.7% 8.4%
Combination of both 45.5% 58.5% 67.7% 65.8% 64.4% 62.6%
Deficit is not a priority/Don't focus on deficit (Vol.) 0.0% 0.4% 1.6% 2.6% 0.3% 1.2%
Don't know/Refused (Vol.) 10.2% 10.9% 10.1% 11.2% 4.7% 10.2%
TOTAL 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
1937



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